~ 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.

27 March, 2008

How wonderful - some good news for us.

As I sit at my desk listening to Luciano Pavarotti singing 'Ai Giocchi addio' from Romeo and Juliet, the phone rings and it's our lovely Doctor from Lincoln County Hospital with the latest blood test results for Hamada. After the short course of 'Filgrastim'' the results show a very good improvement, how wonderful is that - so now with the sun shining through my window and this beautiful music - all is well in my world, for the time being.


MattR said...

Great news - lovely to hear, I'm flying home tomorrow - will call at the weekend...

Susie Hemingway said...

For those who are following Hamada's Journey the results:

White Cells now at 6.5
Neutrophils 3.8
Red Cells 11.02
Platelets 14

although still not good - so much better !!!

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