CNN PRODUCER NOTE LarAmm says when she first married her husband who is Arab, they struggled like many couples their first years. One difficulty was language. LarAmm grew up speaking English and Spanish while her husband’s first language was Arabic. But in their city of Laredo, Texas, speaking Spanish is a must. ‘He had to learn Spanish and struggled with it,’ she explained. His family was also unhappy that he married a non-Muslim, while some members of her family were unhappy that she had married a non-Catholic. Despite occasionally arguing about their beliefs, she says it worked out because neither one of them is especially religious. The couple, who met through a mutual friend, eventually had twins despite struggling with infertility. Their twins, Alia and Adam, are now 10 years old. One of the biggest struggles her family faced was when she was diagnosed with breast cancer in January 2013. But with treatment, and her husband’s support, she has been cancer free since October 2013. 'A modern family to me is a family that is diverse and accepting,’ she said. 'Even, as in my case, if your family is predominantly hispanic, you accept and welcome those that are not the same as you. I think every family is sprinkled with members that are a little different, but that's what makes us a modern family.'
- Jareen, CNN iReport producer