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Hope & Healing - Pat's SCT Journey

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My beautiful, kind, fun-loving mother, Pat Meyers, is undergoing a Stem Cell Transplant as part of her journey to overcome Myelofibrosis (MF).  Her care thus far, and the treatments to come will place a significant financial burden on her (more below).  My aunt and I have started this fund to hopefully relieve some of this stress from my mother, so she can "live long and prosper."

A bit of history...MF is a serious bone marrow disorder that basically prevents the body from creating its own blood cells.  Mom has been battling this condition for nearly a year, ever since it progressed from a prior blood disorder she managed for a decade.  The treatments for MF have included weekly transfusions, frequent visits to hematologists, hospital stays, more medicines than a pharmacy (so it has seemed), and as you can imagine, quite a lot of money.  Mom is currently at Moffitt Cancer Center receiving chemotherapy, and is expected to receive her transplant (her new birthday!) on March 20th.  She will be in the hospital for several weeks, after which she is required to stay near the hospital (3 hours from home) for several months to receive follow-up care. 

The funds raised through this project will go toward post-transplant expenses not covered by her insurance: medications, transportation, and lodging (imagine the cost of staying in a hotel for 75+ days!)  We have had several people ask how they can help support mom through all of this, so we thought setting up this page might be one way, especially since many of her friends and loved ones live far from Moffitt. 

If you've never met my mom, she is a very sweet lady who goes out of her way to help others.  She loves Star Trek, music, reading, going to the movies, chatting with friends, her dog Penny, the ocean, and her church.  She rarely ever asks for help for herself, and doesn't even know (yet) that we have set this page up for her.  She has handled this entire ordeal with the strength and grace of a true believer, and is honestly an inspiration.  If you feel moved to donate, any amount would be greatly appreciated.   Thank you in advance.  :)
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It is our sad duty to report that Pat gave up the fight in the early morning hours of Memorial Day. She gave it her all and went to the end without fear or regret. She will be dearly missed.

Please go share your memories at http://www.haisleyfuneralhome.com/m/obituaries/Patricia-Meyers-2/

This will be the final entry. Thank you to everyone who has come on this journey with her, all money raised from this campaign will be used for her final arrangements. There will be a memorial in Rochester, NY in July.

Again thank you so much to everyone who donated and cheered for Pat over the past months.
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Dear Friends,

My beautiful, amazing mother Pat Meyers, will be going to hospice care tomorrow. About a week and a half ago, she was officially diagnosed with Graft vs Host Disease, which swiftly progressed to stage 4, combined with another severe staph infection.

Those of you who have been following her progress know she has been through a helluva lot, and somehow always managed to come through still smiling, and with her unshakable faith intact.

Although her spirit remains strong, her body has had enough this time. She is at peace with this decision and is not afraid. She expressed yesterday that she is ready to go be with the Lord.

As I sit beside her, she is resting comfortably listening to her favorite hymns (and a few Christmas carols thrown in for good measure.)

On behalf of our entire family, we thank you for your continous prayers, well wishes and love. Mom so appreciates and loves all of her friends and family, near and far.

Donations made will be used to offset cost associated with having her caretakers near to her over the past 6 weeks, and preparations for her final rest.

Thank You
Melanie
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Update: First and foremost, thank you to everyone who has taken time to share this campaign, donated, or just sent their thoughts and prayers to Pat. She is now +30 days post transplant (see the picture of her celebrating her new ‘birthday’ on 3/20), and it has been quite the roller coaster.

After contracting a blood bacteria and getting pneumonia, Pat spent 18 days in the ICU at Moffitt in critical condition. She moved back to the Bone Marrow Transplant unit a few days ago, and is slowly, but surely recovering. We’ve been told the transplanted Stem Cells have engrafted, so now it is a matter of rebuilding her immune system and overall health before they will consider discharging her to local housing.

The timeline is still up in the air, though we expect this will prolong the total number of days she and her caretaker(s) will have to spend in Tampa. Despite it all, Pat has kept her positivity and continues to fight! Thank you again!
The Day of the Transplant
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