~ 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.

22 November, 2008

On Reflection.

About this time last year I wrote the poem " Then And Now" Hamada had not long received a Stem Cell Transplant and was weak beyond belief. The poem tells of my feelings and hope at seeing another Spring together. Reading once again this poem, my feelings are still much the same but thanks to the wonderful medical knowledge that enabled this procedure, at a point when Hamada was so very ill, it has given him another wonderful year with us all. We have managed a small holiday and Hamada has spent lots of wonderful weekends with our dear family on their regular visits North. We even managed a trip South to see extended family, with such determination shown. He looks really well again, although extremely weak, sleeping for a great part of the day, he cannot walk any distance but I know this year has been so special for him. He is now in what the Consultant calls " a good partial remission" I have re-read my poem and although we have not made 'many walks together' during this year, we have sat by the 'sparkling sea' and most of all had another Spring together. The courage everyday, shown by this brave man, is amazing. Long may this remission last, may he get stronger and enjoy another Christmas and maybe yes, many Springs beyond..

"Then And Now" - by Susie Hemingway - December 2007
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