~ 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.

12 September, 2010

As Summer Fades - A Cancer Prayer.

As Summer fades and the air is filled with signs of Autumn.
As the leaves start their change in colour and their sprinkling fall;
the rhythm and flow of life continues its clever path.
This in-between state that suspends betwixt the seasons, is all my heart desires.
To call on the Gods to allow a stay with compassion,
cleverly keeping this season of harvest and life.

Protect and preserve these mere moments of joy and utter no anguished change for me,
as grateful diamonds of joy spill from my heart.
Take these vibrant days of colour with their smiles intact, allow for no fear,
for you have always been my brave one but you are more so now...

Do not snap and break this plan I ask,
keeping this Autumn complete and in my whispered prayers.

All Rights Reserved @ 2010
Photo from Susie Hemingway's Collection.


Jean said...

May your prayers be heard and granted.

Just read your good news in the post below. Tears of happiness for you both are blurring my vision ♥

Michael Morse said...

I hate to admit it, but I visit here with trepidation most times, knowing how delicate your situation is.

Ah, but to be rewarded with a prayer and some good news!

Just great.

Susie Hemingway said...

Thank you Jean for your good wishes, although I would hate ever to bring tears to your eyes. We have all been v emotional this week with at last having something to cheer Hamada on with. It has been a long while with no respite from bad news. Bless you for your kindness.

Susie Hemingway said...

Thanks Michael, Well at least you keep on with your great support and encouragement - and at last a drop in the myeloma burden after being on chemo again since February this year. It is so great to have something to encourage H with. I know also that you are - with your medical knowledge - quite aware that there is not yet a cure for MM, still how wonderful to see this drop in 'readings' and so help in bringing to him the hope of further days but life is, I believe, not really up to us, hence my prayer. Stay safe Mike.

Elizabeth @ The Garden Window said...

Susie, this is truly wonderful. Thank you for posting it !

Jo said...

Susie, I just read your other post, and I read your good news. I heard something interesting yesterday that cancer is becoming a disease that people live with, rather than die from, and that the good statistics are going up all the time.

Good vibes to the universe...!



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