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My name is Frelimo Simba and for one year now I’ve been fighting an aggressive form of stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I am a 21-year veteran firefighter of the District of Columbia Fire and... more

 
 
 
 
 
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Updated posted by Frelimo Simba 3 months ago

I want to thank everyone for their love, support and prayers over the past three years as I battled cancer and a stem cell transplant. This is and update on my current condition and a chance for me take the time and thank those who wished me Happy Birthday this past weekend. I appreciate those who came as far away as New York and Richmond, Virginia on Friday evening to help make my 40th birthday celebration one of the most memorable parties of my life; we really had a blast. Thank you all.

November 3, 2013 was the six-month post transplant mark and I wanted to update everyone then, but experienced some complications with one of my medications, which was serious cause for hesitation. Although the doctors have dropped some of the harsher drugs that can cause organ damage I won’t fully come off all meds until one full year after transplant. The support of executive management and members of DC Fire & EMS and our Union Local 36 has been nothing less than amazing, with their help and support I am now gearing up to take a physical that may allow me to return to a full duty status.
As of now I have regain most of the muscle that was lost to years of chemotherapy and radiation, which is, one of the biggest hampers to returning back to the firehouse. At this point it is still unclear on how successful the transplant has been, although the donor has taken over more than 80% of most of my blood system, there are still important cells (T-cells) where the transplant has not fully grafted. The transplanted T cells only represent less than 5% of the T-cells in my body and since I am now off the immune suppressing drugs there is a greater chance that my body may reject the transplant. BUT I am cancer free and hopefully will remain that way for the rest of my life.
In closing my family and I would like to thank you all for helping make 2013 (cross fingers) the last year that I have to deal with cancer and we hope everyone has had a blessed holiday day season and wish everyone a Happy New Year!!!


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Frelimo Simba

 
 
 

Updated posted by Frelimo Simba 3 months ago

November 3, 2013 was the six-month post transplant mark and I wanted to update everyone then, but experienced some complications with one of my medications, which was serious cause for hesitation. Although the doctors have dropped some of the harsher drugs that can cause organ damage I won’t fully come off all meds until one full year after transplant. The support of executive management and members of DC Fire & EMS and our Union Local 36 has been nothing less than amazing, with their help and support I am now gearing up to take a physical that may allow me to return to a full duty status.
As of now I have regain most of the muscle that was lost to years of chemotherapy and radiation, which is, one of the biggest hampers to returning back to the firehouse. At this point it is still unclear on how successful the transplant has been, although the donor has taken over more than 80% of most of my blood system, there are still important cells (T-cells) where the transplant has not fully grafted. The transplanted T cells only represent less than 5% of the T-cells in my body and since I am now off the immune suppressing drugs there is a greater chance that my body may reject the transplant. BUT I am cancer free and hopefully will remain that way for the rest of my life.
In closing my family and I would like to thank you all for helping make 2013 (cross fingers) the last year that I have to deal with cancer and we hope everyone has had a blessed holiday day season and wish everyone a Happy New Year!!!


Thank you,
Frelimo Simba

 
 
 

Updated posted by Frelimo Simba 9 months ago

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Today Flip is released as an inpatient from Johns Hopkins Bone Marrow Transplant program. Flip’s body appears to be accepting the transplant and his blood cells are in “recovery.” He had a CT scan yesterday and the scan showed no tumor growth, this is great news. There is still a long ways to go, but we are definitely making forward progress. Flip will still have to come up to Baltimore once a week for the next several months at least until he has reached full recovery. We could not have made it the last 64 days without your support. Please continue to keep Flip in your thoughts and prayers.

 
 
 
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Created by Frelimo Simba on October 20, 2012

My name is Frelimo Simba and for one year now I’ve been fighting an aggressive form of stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I am a 21-year veteran firefighter of the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department (DCFEMS). I am currently receiving treatment at Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore, MD in preparation for a stem cell transplant.

 

In November 2011, I had a surgical biopsy that revealed Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I began first line chemotherapy treatment at Georgetown University Hospital's Lombardi Cancer Center. I underwent 6 cycles (12 doses) of chemotherapy over a six-month period. I received my last dose of chemotherapy in May of 2012. I looked forward to going back into the firehouse, however, in early July 2012 a follow-up PET/CT scan showed three tumors, one in the center of my chest, my groin and a new one on top of my heart. My Oncologist at Georgetown Hospital said that my only hope for a cure would be another round of a chemotherapy followed by a Stem Cell Transplant.  I was referred to Johns Hopkins University Hospital for a stem cell transplant.

 

Unlike firefighters in Maryland, Virginia and 42 other states, the District of Columbia does not have presumptive law; therefore cancer has not been accepted as an occupational hazard, it is considered a personal illness.  The DC firefighters union (Local #36) has introduced legislation to the DC City Council to adopt presumptive law, but it continues to be an uphill battle.  Until then, our members must use their own leave and assume responsibility for their own medical cost.  My wife and I will have to "live" for three months in Baltimore at the Family Pavilion that is located next to the Cancer Treatment Center.  The center requires that a caregiver be present 24/7, therefore my wife has to take a leave of absence to stay with me in Baltimore.  There are many out of pocket expenses including the biggest, lodging which will be approximately $11,000. My wife and I are humbly reaching out for help and support through prayers and donations.

 

For monetary donations please use this Go Fund Me website; for my DCFEMS co-workers, you can donate leave by contacting Captain Jon Grover at Engine Company 13 Platoon 4 (202-673-3213).

 

To have a further reaching affect and ensure that no other DCFEMS Firefighter goes through what I am enduring, please contact Council Chairman Phil Mendelson at 202-724-8064.  Please express to Councilmember Mendelson the importance of the presumptive legislation that the District of Columbia City Council is currently reviewing.  You don’t have to be a DCFEMS Firefighter to call!

 
 
 
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Praying for you. You are blessed to have the loving support from your wife, family, friends and associates. Peace to you always and God's Blessings Kathy (Largo, MD)

 

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Keep fighting Flip

 

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May GOD bless you and your wife, will keep you in my prayers!!!! Tonio Todd's lady!!!

 

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I will always have your back Frelimo!

 

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