~ 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.

05 November, 2010

Beautiful mellow Autumn days spent quietly, enjoying precious time with good food and sweet music. Nothing terribly important to report. We are to meet the nice Macmillan Nurse who phoned this week later on this month. Hamada does not really need assistance yet from this wonderful team of nurses and I hope it will be a long time before he does but as they say it will be nice to have a visit, so the nurse may get to know him. I will have the kettle on ready for a cuppa together. This will also give me a moment to ask questions and further advice.

We are planning to visit Haematology on the 11th to get CBC’s done, in future I will be able to read the kidney results on-line and this has now been set-up. So a future plan seems to be taking place and in the meantime we are looking forward to Hamada’s birthday at the weekend and a small celebration, a planned meal at the village pub which he usually enjoys very much. The photos here are from “Hemingway” It is a beautiful Autumn here in this little Village in the month of November.

Photos: Susie's Collection at "Hemingway"


Anonymous said...

What is terribly important is that you're enjoying time! Hugs xx

Anonymous said...

A very Happy Birthday is wished for Hamada. The grounds at Hemingway look lovely. I admire those tall Pampas grasses.

aslan said...

I congratulate Hamada's birthday in this beatiful place... Have a nice weekend for tha all family.Yours

Susie Hemingway said...

How right you are feresaknit. H seems to be doing ok this week, best hugs to you also x

Susie Hemingway said...

@ goodbloodbadblood. Thanks for H's birthday wishes, I passed them on and he was very pleased and enjoyed his day.
Yes, these Pampas grasses are not to everyones taste but I really love their majesty and these are huge and go right through the Winter when there is not much else left to view. All best wishes to you and stay well.

Susie Hemingway said...

Bless you Aslan for your kind wishes to Hamada. We hope also that you and your family have a wonderful weekend in your amazing country. Keep well and sincere regards.

Anonymous said...

I know without a doubt you all had a lovely time. Manus drawing is inspireing for one so young,as you said the blending of their hands means so much.I will be forwarding a postal order for your book probably after Christmas,when Iv looked after my four little ones. The girls are very understanding and dont expect anything as it is difficult to survive on disability benefit,but I usually buy them something earlier in the year. Continue to write your wonderful poems,some which have a lot of meaning to me.xxx

Kristine said...

May you and your husband enjoy your beautiful surroundings and your time together; and may you be blessed with peace, comfort, and much more time. Your life and love shines through with such exquisite clarity and beauty. Thank you for sharing some of that with us.

Michael Morse said...

No news is good news! Happy Birthday, Hamada!

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