Then, in April of 2014, Carmen received the devastating news that the cancer had returned. Her AML Leukemia had returned, and she was informed that the only treatment now would be for her to receive a bone marrow transplant.
With her sister and brother only being a naturally half brother and sister they would not be a donor match. Carmen was then put into the bone marrow registry where she remained for several weeks hoping to find a donor. Fortunately, with God’s grace two potentially matching donors were located. Carmen is currently in the hospital receiving chemo and will return for the transplant in July for a second stay of three months. The recovery period following the transplant is expected to be lengthy, taking anywhere from six months to a year depending on how she responds to the procedure.
Due to Carmen’s extensive treatment and hospitalization, she is currently unable to work and will remain out of work for a very long time. Because of this, the family's income has been significantly reduced, receiving only a marginal amount from disability. Her medical bills are mounting greatly. Her family helps out as much as possible, but as you can only imagine in times of tragedy it puts a great strain on a family both emotionally and financially. Carmen is wonderful mother of three children: Kayla, Chance and Carson, and worries more about them every day! More than she worries about herself. Cancer of any kind is terrible, and no person or family should have to battle with this disease. So I just hope you will all show your support to Carmen and her family and donate to help with the financial strain that this disease will put on her family. Any donation, no matter how small, will be greatly appreciated. Thank you all for your support! God Bless.
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