Posted on September 6, 2017
Sept 1, 2017. The first day of childhood cancer awareness month, I chose this day to update everyone about Aya's second intra-arterial and first immunotherapy in Mexico. The good news that I mentioned in the earlier post, turned out to be even better than we expected!! Aya's first treatment was a great success and we witnessed both significant shrinkage in her tumor and deactivated cancer cells in latest MRI. The doctors in Mexico delivered these great news with smile on her neurosurgeon's face (my Monterrey family knows what that smile means since we don't see it much!). These news confirmed what her neuro-oncologist and radiologist in the USA told us about her recent MRI's (before and after) first treatment. They, in USA, were very thrilled to see these changes with no radiation done and they attributed this improvement to treatment in Mexico.
I cannot explain to everyone how happy we were to receive such news, tears of joy streamed my face when her doctors told me about these improvements, it felt like she was reborn again, the same feelings I had when I held her in my arms for the first time; knowing that I can plan for her birthday in September and talking to her doctors about her getting back to school, gave me goosebumps. Couple of months ago, before Mexico, I wasn't sure that she will make it to her birthday, I threw her a party along with her brother last June thinking that she may not make it, but even with the darkest moments, we never gave up hope! with tears in my eyes, I want to thank each one of you who prayed and supported us to get this far, I cannot thank you enough for your generosity, love, and support to our decision to take her to Mexico. We are at the right track, hopefully, soon enough Aya and all her friends back there in Mexico will make history by defeating this monster called DIPG.Please continue praying for complete healing and keep all of us in your positive thoughts. Thank you for supporting us, every penny you contributed has given this little girl a chance to advance in her healing journey. To you who contributed and prayed, Aya will live up to her name which means MIRACLE.Ps. Aya now is calling me Mama Pig, every time I ask her to do something, she tells me "Yes mamma pig" meanwhile, I'm calling her Peppa!! Is that normal?!