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Saturday, January 23, 2016


                                 Please help with my moms memorial fund!

It is with such heartfelt sadness to announce that my mother & best friend has been diagnosed with Chronic myelomonocytic leukemia (CMML) it is a type of cancer that starts in blood-forming cells of the bone marrow and invades the blood. 
She can not receive treatment for her type of leukemia, they can only treat her symptoms as they arise.  

She is a precious gift from God himself– loving, giving, kind, compassionate, joyful and intelligent. A great inspiration for anyone that heard her genuine, humble, witty and joyful voice, or experienced her smile, laughter and love for just a moment.  To know her is to love her, as you all know!

Her humble nature hid a great compassionate and loving human being, with a huge heart of gold. She cares profoundly for her family and friends. My mom is a great giver, always ready and able to care for others.  She proudly graduated   from Holy Redeemer High School in Detroit, Michigan in 1968 and still keeps in touch with several of her classmates!  She had three children: Myself (Paula) in 1969, Dennis in 1975 and Michael in 1983.  Unfortunately my two brothers passed away in the years 2011 and 2012 and this was very, very hard on her, to lose her two youngest children is just about every mothers worst nightmare.

We were not expecting to get this sort of diagnosis on my mom. She was doing her normal activities January 1st and on January 2nd 2016 she had started falling throughout the day in our home.  I called for an ambulance and she was transported to 2 hospitals- the second being the Sarah Canon Cancer Center in Nashville, Tn.  She is only 66 years old!  She was sent home to be on hospice on January 4th 2016.  On January 6th she was unresponsive, I sent her by ambulance once again to be re-evaluated and she was at Centennial Tri-Star Hospital in Nashville until January 15th when she was transported to NHC Dickson for two weeks of rehabilitation- this is where she is currently.

I am starting this Gofundme account in hopes of receiving some much needed help for her expenses as well as establishing a memorial service for her.   Her Oncologists cannot give us a definite timetable regarding her life, but what they did say was that she might be able to live for up to a year with the following treatment:  I will be taking her to rehabilitation as needed, back and forth to receive transfusions as needed as well as platelets.  Unfortunately she will be unable to get a donor for a bone marrow transplant or help with her platelets etc.

I am so grateful and appreciate the experience of having been loved, and loved by her in return, and for her being in all of our lives. In our hearts and souls, she will always be with us, no matter where she is, be it in heaven or here on earth. 

It is so important for my mom to have a memorial service with her family & friends in attendance. Please help me to provide a memorial service for my mom that is worthy of a GIVER such as her.  No amount is too small and I appreciate each and every one of you!