Here is Wanda's story...
This summer of 2017 we noticed things weren't quite right when our mom wasn't able to do everyday activies without feeling winded and exhausted. It became a major concern when laundry was put on hold because just doing the simple task of walking downstair was too difficult.
She tried to brush off her symtoms to it being allergy season and needing more exercise. When it became just too much to handle she was admitted to the hospital for serveral days. Under going all sorts of test and dozens of pokes from needles, the doctors were stumped.
When we finally received an answer, it wasn't the one we were hoping for. She was told that she had a disorder called Myelodysplastic Syndrome, or MDS, a type of blood cancer. We had never heard of such thing before.
The good news we were told was that there was a cure for MDS. The only 100% cure is a stem cell transplant. Currently we are waiting to be put on the transplant registry. Once she is on the list, the hospitals will work their magic in finding a perfect donor.
Our mom is currently undergoing several rounds of chemotherapy to prepare her body for a stem cell transplant. In a few months she will hopefully be matched with a donor and begin her road to recovery. Once a donor is found, she will receive strong amounts of chemotherapy and radition to deplete her immune system and bad bone marrow.
With your donations, our family will be able to pay for the large insurance deductable and lodging for the month or more that Wanda will be at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
This is just the beginning of our long journey to recovery. We appreciate the support that you are able to send to The Turner Family.
For more information about Myelodisplastic Syndrome visit The MDS Foundation.
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3 Iris Avenue
South Glens Falls, NY 12803￼￼￼
- Al Ragazzo
- Kelsey Fish
- Patti Turner
- Nancy Purinton
- Brett Pedersen
Organizer and beneficiary
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