Helping Helen Huynh

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Our mom Helen Huynh was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of leukemia on Feb 14, 2017.

Her health is declining quickly. Her only hope to survive was to get stem cell transplant from her sister who lives in Vietnam. Unfortunately, due to a flawed immigration policy, my aunt has been denied entry to the US 3 times.  

This fund is to help family members with attorney fees, expenses while taking time off work to help take care of Helen and other special needs family members.

If you need to reach me for any reason, please email me at yvonne.aivan@yahoo.com

Thank you for your support. Please keep our family in your prayers.

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Hello friends,
It's 3am. I get up at this time like I usually do since my mom's visa situation escalated. My family is still processing the situation. My sister, Tiffany, still doesn't understand mom passed away even though we tried to tell her. I have to correct myself from saying out of habit like telling my kids that we are going to grandma and grandpa's house. The first few nights, while praying with our children before bed, we have to stop asking God to heal my mom.
Facebook have been reminding us that a year ago, we were a giant happy family celebrating Lunar New Year. There were so many photos of my mom smiling widely holding her grandkids.
I started bawling the other day, when I was at lunch and I heard a popular, but sad Vietnamese song about celebrating VietNew Year ("Tet Nay Con Khong Ve"). It was a song about a soldier telling his parents he won't be home for New Year, because he doesn't want to leave his military brothers fighting by themselves. Mom won't be home this Vietnamese New Year (Feb 16). . .

If you would like to attend the funeral or viewing. Here's the info:

Location: Garden Grove Friends Church
12211 Magnolia St., Garden Grove, Ca 92841

When: Friday 2/9
Viewing 10am - 6pm

Saturday 2/10
Viewing 8am-10am
Service: 10am-12pm

Follow by burial at Westminster Memorial Park & Mortuary

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It is with great sadness, we announce the passing of our mother, Helen Huynh (aka Nguyen Thi Hoang). She took her last breath tonight at 6:51 at the City of Hope Hospital. She fought a fierce battle with leukemia for almost a year. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for all the support, love, and prayers through this difficult journey. Please continue to pray for our family. Our hearts are broken, and yet at the same time, are comforted that Mom is no longer in pain, and she is in the presence of God. See you later Mom. We love you always.
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Hi friends,
I am visiting my mom today on my 34th birthday. I realize that my mom was about my age when she first moved to the US. What a big change it was for her moving from Vietnam to a country she knew nothing about the custom and especially the language. It was so brave of my mom to leave all she knew behind, with the only goal of having a better future for my sister and I. Because my dad fought for South Vietnam, it was a common understanding that my sister and I would face discrimination had we remained in Vietnam. This is why my mom was so hard on my sister and I with our performance in school. Of course we didn’t comprehend the situation when we were kids.
Over the years, my mom worked hard to provide for the family, and took care of us 3 girls. We were not very nice to each other and it really upset Mom. The older I get, the more I understand where my mom was coming from.
This holiday season was hard for all of us. It was our first time celebrating Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, (and my birthday) with Mom in the hospital this year. As we reflected on our past year—it was a tumultuous year to say the least. But it humbled us and we are overwhelmed by the outpouring support from friends, families, and strangers from all over the world.
My mom is still at the City of Hope. The stem cell transplant was deemed as a success. She was cancer free—unfortunately, that lasted for only a couple of weeks. Her cancer has return. My mom received some chemo injections last week. She will have more procedure perform on her this week. She is still fighting for her life, for more time with her grand children.

We appreciate all your prayers and support.

My family and I, wish everyone a new year of happiness, health, and much more quality time with the ones you love.
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Hi friends,
It’s been over 2 weeks since Mom got her stem cell transplant. Unfortunately, only a couple of days after that, Mom had a bad allergic reaction to the grafting medication. Now she is in an altered conscious state, or semi comatose. She only opens her eyes about once every 4 hours, and for less than a minute each time. She has been like this for exactly 2 weeks. The doctors said they have seen patients reacting like this before, but never this extreme.

The stem cell transplant appears to be working. All her blood counts are going up. The doctors will do a lumbar puncture and/or bone marrow biopsy this week to see if there’s any cancer in her blood.

I really mean it when I say, “thank you for all your prayers and support” through this challenging time.
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