~ 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.

12 August, 2007

Do You Remember Paris.

Do you remember Paris
so many days ago,
we ran in the rain
me in the highest heels, and
you never letting go,
dodging busy bustling streets,
past the Galerie of Fine Arts
wishing we could buy the shop,
do you remember Paris.

The tiny hotel you'd chosen
with a lift for only one
we squeezed tightly together
leaving our baggage still to come,
we laughed, as we rose to the attic
wiping the rain away,
and in our little shuttered room
we hid ourselves away,
do you remember Paris.

You sent for rolls and coffee
from the cafe just below
and as the lights came on
the room took on a rosy glow,
you say the smell of coffee
takes you back to that little room,
that, high over-stuffed bed,
the faded flowers, in candle gloom,
do you remember Paris.

We mixed the 'Coco' and 'Givenchy'
the hearts so full of love
the heady cognac, just to warm us,
the courtyard full of doves,
it was our Paris, not the Eiffel
or the Champs-Elys'ees
or even the Louvre
just in the latin quarter, a tiny
hotel for two.
Do you remember Paris ? ...

@ Copyright 2007

10 August, 2007

A Little More News

Clinic at Lincoln Hospital this week has shown a slight reduction in the 'Bence Jones' protein readings, dropping by .6 it's not much but it's certainly going in the right direction again.

Hamada has felt really good this week and has been enjoying the garden and the lovely weather, his white blood cells are now very low, causing neutropenia - cytotoxic chemotherapy has a tendency to induce neutropenia, so we must remain alert for symptoms of infection. Still we are very happy that a reduction has started again. Thanks again to all our friends and their good wishes - we send love.

03 August, 2007

More Chemotherapy

Hamada is continuing with the Chemotherapy during the whole of August and September in an effort to reduced the 'readings' once again and then hopefully proceed to transplant at the end of September. His white bloods cells have reduced so he is more prone to infections and we must be careful to reduce all risk of infections duing this time. However we do try to carry on with a normal lifestyle.

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