short life. She was born with Downs Syndrome that led to heart and kidney prombles, blood disorder called TMD that caused her heart to get Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a fast growing cancer. Her first diagnosis was at 17 months old. She was a fighter through all her extensive treatments and has been in remision the last year and half.
Her Christian family has always remained strong and supportive to each other. Arya has a two sisters who are 8 and 15 years old. She also has a little brother her is 2 years old. They have lost time with their mom and dad as they spend time at hospitals to be with Arya as she battles cancer. Karen, Arya's mom works four part time jobs to help support the family and work around Arya's treatments. John, Arya's dad just started a new job when the next news came.
Karen recently noticed a rash on Arya that was concerning. She took her to the doctor and Arya is now back in the hospital with a new devastating diagnosis. She is now facing a different kind of blood cancer, B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. This cancer treatment can last about 3 years. They are in talks with St. Judes about treatment plans now. Karen will have to quit her nightime jobs so she can be with Arya through her new challange.
Talking with Karen was heartbreaking. I cannot even count the number of nights she has laid in bed and shed tears and praying to God to provide relief for her sweet baby girl. Their family faith is strong and as Karen will tell you "It is going to be okay. We just need to trust God." On Facebook last night, you could watch sweet Arya praising the lord on her ipad as she was fighting cancer. She stood up on her hospital bed, danced, and sang with God. It brought tears to my eyes.
Karen said "This journey will look at lot different thenthe last. THe treatment protocol is years verses months. We are understandabley devasted by this news. It's actually pretty rare to get both these types of cancers. Although this feels like a gut punch, we are pressing forward to do what we have to do,yet again to get through, conquor this beast. Our faith is NOT shaken, we stand firm that God is good. He is our healer, and we WILL get through it. Arya is the strongest person I know and she will fight hard again!" PLEASE keep all of my family, espicially my 3 other kids, in your prayers. This is such a life altering thing and all of my kids are affected greatly by it."
These funds will go towards the families expenses to help them be with Arya while she battles her second cancer and/or towards her medical bills. If everyone can give 10.00-20.00 dollars that is a friend to a friend of a friend, the goal will be reached quickly. If you can't give money, please pray for Arya and her family. God bless all of you and thank you for your time reading Arya's story.
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