~ 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.

20 September, 2008

Hamada's lastest CBC

Hamada's latest CBC on 18.09.08. shows a slight improvement. Not much more advice from the Haematology department this week, just to keep thinking about the dangers of infections re: trying to be watchful and remembering to keep Hamada out of crowded places and away from little ones with colds etc also a few more things regarding diet, which we do follow carefully. It is almost a year now since Hamada's Stem Cell Transplant and the Consultant is calling it "A Good Partial Remission" but reiterates just how vulnerable he is still. Hamada also did another 24 hr Bence Jones Test on Monday and we will receive these results in the coming weeks.
The Renal consultant yesterday, also picked up on the very low 1.3 white cell count, calling them "rubbish" and also the platelets which are at a very poor 41 reading. Hamada even bruises very badly from his injections now. We have read that the vegetable Kale could help with the platelets but then in turn that could affect our attempts to preserve the remaining kidneys? Finding that middle road is often tricky, and not easy as what is helpful to Myeloma is not very often helpful for failing kidneys. Any suggestion from those who know?
btw: http://www.whatnow.org.uk/ this is a really good social network for people affected by cancer.

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