~ 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.

18 September, 2010

My Thoughts Today.

My thoughts and prayers today are with Dianne and Vern West of Nevada USA. Vern who was diagnosed with MM at the same time as Hamada, has endured so much with courage and such great dignity.

We have supported each other along the way with this fight against the 'beast', through many trials and tribulations for both dear men during this past four + years. Dianne fighting every step of the way to obtain the very best care for her beloved husband with such support and so much love and goodness, while with courage and wise words supporting others like us along this journey.

Today Vern entered into hospice care and my heart goes out to them both, with love and hope that in the coming days they find the eternal peace that they so deserve.

Vern and Dianne visited England some time ago for their 30th Wedding Anniversary and so I post these photos taken yesterday at the highest point 'Red Hill' near my home; as I blew a prayer into the wind, to cross an ocean, in honour of them both.

addendum: Vern West passed away on the 22nd September 2010 "eternal rest give unto him Oh lord and let perpetual light shine upon him " His loving wife Dianne was by his side.

Views from Red Hill: Photo by Susie Hemingway.
All Rights Reserved 2010.


Sandy said...

Such beautiful photos of your lovely land... and a caring thought for Dianne and Vern. I was sorry to hear this sad news...

Susie Hemingway said...

Yes Sandy, such sad news, heart rending entries on Caring-bridge. I hope they both find peace during this precious time. Dianne has been such a wonderful caregiver to Vern x

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