Josephine Taormina

In October of 2018 Josephine Taormina was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  Her team of doctors swiftly and aggressively started treatment with chemotherapy. After 70 days in the hospital, Josephine was released knowing that she would receive a stem cell transplant over the next few months from her daughter.  

The stem cell transplant was considered a success and everyone thought Josephine was on her road to recovery.

Her first relapse happened in September 2019.  She was back in the hospital which was becoming an all to familiar place for her and her family.  During her hospitalizations, Josephine acquired many side effects both common and rare.

In January, Josephine was complaining of blurry vision and headaches. After insisting to her neurology/oncology team that something wasn’t right, a cat scan revealed leukemia cells were in her brain. The treatment began immediately with a new chemotherapy drug and radiation regimen.

Josephine had a reaction to the chemotherapy that caused her blood pressure to spike and resulted in her taking a fall. Renown Neurologists were able to treat the brain toxicity through researching unique solutions. She is beginning a rigorous rehabilitation plan over the next several months.

Throughout this entire process the family made a conscious decision not to ask for help, but the time has come to reach out to our great community for their support.

Josephine’s wish is to come home healthy and be with her beautiful family and granddaughters.  

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for considering a donation in any amount to help towards future expenses incurred.

Organizer and beneficiary

Leo Latraverse
Gloucester, MA
Tony Taormina

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