Support and Love for MaryBeth

This beautiful woman is my Mom, and best friend. She was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, also known as ALL, the beginning of December. A type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow that affects white blood cells. This type of cancer usually gets worse quickly if it is not treated and is not very common in adults, 70-80% of cases are in people under the age of 18. A normal platelet count is between 150,000 and 450,000, when mom was admitted her platelets were only at 4,000 (Platelets are needed to help your blood clot). Normal bone marrow contains 5% or less of blast cells (the immature cells that ordinarily develop into healthy blood cells). In leukemia, abnormal blasts constitute between 30 - 100% of the marrow, Mom's percentage started at 95%. She has been admitted to Shands Gainesville since November 30th, which is about an hour and a half from her home.  She has already gone through some chemotherapy but has a long road ahead- which will include a Bone Marrow Transplant. She had been receiving normal platelet transfusions but we have since found that she has 3 types of antibodies, one being HLA(Human Leukocyte Antigens) which was picked up during her pregnancies, that are viewing the platelets as foreign and fighting them off.  So for the time being they have been giving her what is called a "Pool" (6-8 random platelets in a bag) to try and keep her numbers up, while waiting for a match. She will not be able to work for an undetermined amount of time while she is going through chemotherapy, her Bone Marrow Transplant and healing. Bill was able to switch his work schedule so he can be with her during the week and work 3 12hr days on the weekend. I wanted to create this page to help take some of the monetary stress off of them. This will go towards anything they need help with. Thank you for your donation, for sharing, and any positive thoughts and love sent our way.  Anyone that knows my mom knows what an amazing and loving person she is. We are all blessed to have her in our lives.
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    • $200 
    • 40 mos
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    • $100 
    • 42 mos
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    • $100 
    • 42 mos
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    • $100 
    • 43 mos
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    • $50 
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Organizer

Katie Laura Gibson 
Organizer
Palm Coast, FL
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