~ 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.

16 July, 2010

Sadness At News

This week we learnt that our friend and Hamada’s fellow warrior, travelling the same MM road has passed away. He was a lovely gentleman whom we had come to know during the trips to Lincoln County and more so during the recent rounds of Velcade Chemotherapy (both having the same regimes). This gentleman was the subject of my poem “The Man With The White Knitted Hat” which is shown below in a recent post. It has saddened as both very much and we send our heartfelt condolences to his dear wife. "God Speed Keith, your journey with MM was all too short"


Karen Westhaver. said...

Karen Westhaver We always feel a bit diminished when someone sharing our journey seems to have left the path. I pray this this gentleman in the "white knitted cap" is ""home", in that place where there is "no darkness and no turning" no pain and where God wipes away all tears. Courage, dear friends. What a lovely tribute, Susie. Your words are always elegant and heartfelt and paint such vivid pictures. Love to you and H. xxoo

Lori Puente said...

It is indeed one of those things in this journey that is so hard. We meet the most wonderful people along a distressing journey that brighten our days only to lose them. As sad as it always makes me, I feel richer for having known them. Love, Lori

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Karen for your good insight into how we both felt. I had to 'gather up' H a good deal over this loss, he still refuses to believe Keith has gone and he remains. Love to you x

Susie Hemingway said...

Yes Lori, how right you are, all those lovely wonderful people, many met at the beginning of this journey that so enriched our lives far more than we ever realised at the time. Love to you x

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