I met Goodies for Mom on the Mom Bloggers Club when she wrote about needing people who have had experience with any type of blood cancer to write a post about it. Since I’ve had the unfortunate situation happen to my sister I knew I wanted to do anything I could to help out.
My sister was only 32 when she was diagnosed with Leukemia and within 6 months she was gone. She had a 9 month old little boy, a 3 year old little girl, a husband, Mom, 2 sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins, aunts and uncles and lots and lots of friends. She was a joy to be around. She was funny and loving. She was brave and angry. She was full of hope and was told she’d live to be a grandmother. She lost all of her hair and was still beautiful. She couldn’t wait to exercise and run again when her treatments were over. She loved her children with all of her heart.
I was her stem cell donor. I was pregnant when she was diagnosed but her doctors said it was best to wait for me to have my baby and donate my bone marrow. Then when it was time for the transplant, the insurance wouldn’t pay, the doctors thought she’d be better off with stem cells instead of marrow and so it went.
Three weeks after enduring the strong chemotherapy and getting my stem cells she was gone. She had complained the night before that her stomach hurt her so much. For the first time she accepted pain medicine. The next morning, My Mom who stayed with her in the hospital gave her a sponge bath because she was too weak to shower. My sister didn’t remember much about the night before.
Her husband came to see her and my Mom took a shower. She heard my brother-in-law screaming. She got out of the shower to see nurses and doctors trying to revive my sister. They put her on life support but there was no brain waves, no sign of life. She was taken off that day.
Today with the advances made by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society she may have been cured or given more time. I know that her insurance company wouldn’t have declared the bone marrow treatment as “experimental”.
There are prizes listed at Goodies for Moms for those that blog about this cause, but the best prize of all would be a cure for all types of blood cancers including leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma.
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