Monday, June 2, 2008

A Great Friend

I know most of you do not know this, but one of my very good friends is going through a ruff time right now and I am halping organize a benefit dinner for her family. She is 34 years old and has a husband and 2 wonderful boys, ages 9 and 7. The following is a brief description of what her life has been like for the past few years.

In 2006 while battling Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA), and Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), she was diagnosed with stage 4b Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma and under went a blood stem cell transplant. She was better for about 4 months and then they started seeing signs that the cancer had returned.

Now, two years later they are faced with the same issues as before, as well as some new ones. We just learned that Brandy may be losing her Health Insurance so it is very important for us to be able to help them. The doctors are hoping to give her a partial blood stem cell transplant, to hold off the cancer until a perfect match donor can be found for a full blood stem cell transplant. If she does not have insurance these procedures can cost up to $100,000. Brandy has not worked in 3 years and she will be unable to work for at least another 2 years.

This is what her husband had to say about her “She is an amazing person and wants to be around to see the kids grow up. Doctors have told us other people don’t make it this long. She is one for the books and I am lucky to have found her,” Eric said.

One of Brandy's favorite sayings is “there is always tomorrow, there can always be a better day"

How true that is.

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