Let us do something to help fight leukemia

The last picture I took with my beloved mom

I lost my beloved mom in April this year.

The story started last year in May. She was feeling weak, with some fever, since a couple of weeks. She decided to go see a doctor. At the beginning they didn’t understand what she had, it seemed like a flu. After several analysis, they tested her for leukemia and that was the beginning of the end. The diagnosis was acute myeloid leukemia. One of the worst type of leukemia.

Through the bone marrow donor register we found a match. We only know he was a young man from Germany. Whoever you are, THANK YOU. She received her new bone marrow at the end of September, just few days before her 54th birthday.

She recovered well. She was strong. She was full of life. We celebrated Christmas. We were making plans.

I became pregnant. She was so happy. She could finally be a granny.

Until April.

Her analysis were getting worse and worse. She and my dad celebrated their 34th anniversary of marriage. 11 days later she died.

It has been (and still is) the worst pain I ever felt.

A piece of my soul died with her.

If you are in Italy, from tomorrow, 6th December, till Sunday 8th, in several cities you can find AIL (Italian Association against Leukemia) selling poinsettias.

Here you can find the closest AIL location to you. It is a just a small gesture, that can have a big impact on someone else.

Last but not least, if you are less then 35 years old and weight more than 50 Kg, you can become bone marrow donor. The procedure starts with just a blood test, nothing invasive.

You could save a life.

Or maybe just give some extra months to amazing people.

#fightleukemia#fuckleukemia

To know more:

Italian association against leukemia: https://www.ail.it/

Bone marrow donor register: https://admo.it/

Acute Myeloid Leukemia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acute_myeloid_leukemia

Published by Martina Bodner

Biotechnologist, PhD Student in Food Chemistry, High school science teacher, STEM and autism advocate, mother.

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