~ 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.

08 September, 2010

Doing Well I Feel.

A short update to say that Hamada has now completed his first course of Revlimid and all seems to be progressing well. No need for additional Platelets which was rather a problem with Velcade, bloods counts are not too bad. We attend Lincoln''s Haematology again tomorrow for the weekly blood tests and then the completed months consultation. Important bloods from last week are shown below for those who follow such things.

Haemoglobin 10.9
Platelets 55
Neutrophils 4.99 ( big improvement here)
Hamada continues with all other maintenance drugs and now added daily aspirin also trice weekly Filgrastim and once weekly Aranesp.


Roobeedoo said...

Oh good news! We had been wondering how it was going. Keep it up Hamada!

Jean said...

Good, indeed. May it continue thus.

Sandy said...

There's a great old song called "Until The Real Thing Comes Along," sounds like the perfect bit of music to celebrate this progress... you can sit in the swing and slide back and forth to that easy beat, holding hands and knowing we are cheering this progress across the way...

Steven L. Ritter said...


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