~ 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.

21 March, 2008

Update on Good Friday

This morning I went to Lincoln Hospital to collect Neupogen -filgrastim Injections for Hamada. These have been prescribed in an effort to help with Hamada's, disorder of Neutropenia, a condition in which the number of white cells are extremely low, this of course leads him to suffer from repeated severe infections. We hope the Neupogen will help to increase the number of white cells, which in turn will help Hamada to fight these infections. He is weak and tired but still smiling and never ever complaining!


Leslie said...

My dearest Susie, there are far too few people like you in the world - you have an enormous heart and you care about everybody. My thoughts are always with you.

Love from Leslie

Esraa Zaytoun(niece) said...

Dearest Uncle Hamada,
If knowing that someone really cares
Helps healing along its way
Then I hope you now feel better
And keep improving, day by day

From your niece Esra,with lots of Love.....

Roobeedoo said...

I just found your blog while searching "myeloma chest infection". Such a beautiful thing to do - to record your love in poetry. My husband also has MM but is "too old" for a transplant. Wishing you both all the best.

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Dear Leslie, What kind remarks, thank you so much x

Susie Hemingway said...

Hi Esra
Thanks for your lovely message - I will pass it on to Hamada.

Susie Hemingway said...

Hi roobeedoo, How I wish you all the very best with your fight against this dreadful disease. Please stay in contact and let me know how you get on - My thoughts are with you daily now x

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