One year ago my sister Cadence was preparing for a life changing month-long Yoga training retreat in Nicaragua, before settling down to have her first child with her new husband, Bill. During a routine physical before the trip, doctors discovered she was suffering from Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia (CML).
She was forced to cancel her trip and begin treating the Leukaemia with a type of Targeted Oral Chemotherapy (TKI's) that she would need to take, likely for the remainder of her life. Although this was a huge life change, the initial prognosis was great, and she was told that thanks to advanced research in the field, most patients who take these daily oral treatments live a relatively normal life.
A year has now passed and my sister has been unable to tolerate the TKI treatments due to a haematological intolerance, regardless of multiple dose changes and reductions. She has been told that she will now need to have a Bone Marrow transplant in order to survive.
The Bone Marrow transplant will require high-dose Chemotherapy and radiation in order to kill her existing bone marrow in preparation for the transplant. The procedure will see her in the hospital for approximately 4-8 weeks, and she will need 3-12 months of recovery time to be back to her normal self.
There are many risks associated with this procedure, including a high risk of Infection from low immune system, and rejection of the transplant. She will also no longer be able to have children, and will need to preserve her fertility.
She has been lucky enough to locate a donor match for this procedure, and is beginning consultations and transplant classes next week to prepare for this life-changing procedure.
My sister is incredibly talented, funny, loving and the kindest woman you will meet. She is a loving daughter and wife, and the best auntie. She'd drop anything to help you if you needed it. She has faced this challenge with grace and resolve, never letting it get her down, no matter what happens. All I want is for her to be able to go into and through her treatment without having to worry about the day to day things - groceries, etc. I want her husband to be able to come and visit her without worrying about those things either.
My sister is unbreakable, and I need your help to make sure it stays that way. She has so much more to do on this earth. <3