~ 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.

11 April, 2008

Just a Little Update

Hamada's still smiling but,

Yesterday's visit to Lincoln Hospital, did not bring us much joy. Hamada's current blood tests show the white blood cell reading, much to our disappointment, has dropped back yet again to 1.05 and his Haemoglobin is at a poor 10.08 He is now to have twice weekly injections of Neupogen - Filgrastim - in an effort to treat the Neutropenia and help increase the number of white cells, which in turn will help his body to fight infection . Now look here white Blood Cells!do your work and just get out and fight!!


Michael Morse said...

Susie, I read some of your posts and came away inspired, best of luck to you and yours. It may not sound like much but I stared at pictures of your husband and sent out as much positive energy I could muster. My wife has Multiple Sclerosis and fights the good fight every day. Hang on, my thoughts are with you.

Susie Hemingway said...

Hi Michael, Thank you for your lovely comments and we are really happy to accept all the positive energy you can muster. Hamada has a really tough journey to make and we are all supporting him in every way we can - I will pass on your message with joy. We send all the best to your wife and hope every day gets better for her X
p.s. I like your blog

- sean - said...

susie, i keep hoping for only the best for hamada and yourself. you guys are in my thoughts.

Susie Hemingway said...

Thanks Sean for your good wishes, how kind of you. Best Wishes to you also.

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