~ 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.

23 May, 2008

Interesting - Perhaps?

As I try to read all the latest news regarding articles on Multiple Myeloma from the Mayo Clinic. http://www.mayoclinic.org/ I thought this information might be worth passing on, it sounds at the very least, most interesting - take a look at http://www.mayoclinic.org/news2008-sct/4794.html - the intriguing contents are certainly worth a glance. Then of course discuss with your Specialist . I would be grateful for your comments on this.


Roobeedoo said...

The sceptic in me says "one study, on mice? - that proves nothing!" But this is how so much valuable research begins. But I am not sure that consuming coconut will produce the same effects - were the mice injected, and with what loevel of dose? It's a bit like all the talk about turmeric (curcumin)which sounds great until you find out it contains salicylic acid and therefore can't be taken in large quantities by people allergic to aspirin. "Natural" medicines can have their dangers too! So... I look forward to hearing what happens next - if they proceed to a clinical trial with humans. Meantime, there's no harm in adding coconut to my husband's diet!

Susie Hemingway said...

Yes, I rather feel that way too! but I shall add a nice Thai Curry and a Chicken Korma to Hamada's regular diet - he will enjoy that and it can do no harm - and we can hope that from 'little Acorns, an Oak tree will grow'. Hope your husband is doing well. All Sincere Wishes - Susie

Anonymous said...

Susie: YOu requested permission to use a photo.

Permission granted. Please send me url when you use it.

Good luck with your husband!

Regards, Mitch Erickson

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