~ Poems of Love ~

The following poems have been written by me, for my husband Hamada, who suffered from Multiple Myeloma [IgG Kappa] a cancer of the plasma cells, which are found in the bone marrow. After many months of chemotherapy, contracting pneumonia twice, once given only twelve hours to live and having three bad fractures to his spine and also showing in his Pelvis, he made it to four years seven months. The Multiple Myeloma attacked his Kidneys first showing at diagnosis in May 2006 leaving Hamada only a small percentage of kidney function. He never complained, using his most amazing smile even when I knew he had severe pain. Hamada underwent a Stem Cell Transplant using his own 'harvested stem cells' . During October 2007 he spent seventeen days in the "Centre For Clinical Haematology" at Nottingham City Hospital UK. where he achieved this transplant. We had a scare at six months after transplant, when told 'the beast was back' but subsequent tests showed a partial remission. Again in early 2009 it was confirmed that Hamada was out of remission He fought again during 2010 with newer chemo type drugs. First with Velcade and then with Revlimid but to no avail. His Kidneys were failing further and Hamada chose not to have dialysis. This blog contains poems and updates, written for Hamada, telling of our life together.
Now a beautiful book has been published, see http://www.susiehemingway.com/books/
showing Hamada's personal fight against Multiple Myeloma in the first fifty 'poems of love' written by me his wife. I hope you like these poems of love and also 'our story' dedicated to Hamada, who passed away peacefully at home on 23 November 2010 after a most courageous fight against Multiple Myeloma.

31 May, 2007

My Boys - Written July 2006

They came to wait,
to listen and to care.
They left their work,
their routines, their lattes,
and their lives,
but still they came.

Just one call,
a Mother's need,
brought my boys, fast to me.
Nothing seemed as strong that day,
as those two boys,
who came my way.

I leaned towards them,
and broke my heart.
They stood tall and strong,
to share a Mother's grief.
And they came.

They took the calls,
they took my arm,
they drove the cars,
they helped my heart.
They are my boys,
and they came....
@ Copyright 2006


susie hemingway said...

Ok Jo and Matt, I know you won't care for this poem, but this is a mother's privilege.xx

Hamada said...

What would we have done without the encouragement and support from both Matt and Jo.Thank you

Jo said...

We would support a million times over - We remain strong for you both.... always!

Love Jo

This is a touching poem

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Jo, I know that I can always count on you both - a great comfort to me xx

Sandrine said...

I'll always remember that day, there was no hesitation, no buts, no ifs...a phone call and Matt was gone. And like Jo says they will always be there.

Susie Hemingway said...

Yes, They are the 'constant' in my life.

Janice Thomson said...

The love that holds together a family in a time of crisis is a wonderful sight to witness. May this love continue just as strong no matter what the journey. Your poem speaks from a loving heart.

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