5 years ago, Marie Therese Mahoney (Terry), Mother, Grandmother, Great Grandmother told us she had something called Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. There is noting “non” about this blood cancer. As a family, we began our fight with her to raise money for The Leukemia & Lymphoma’s Team In Training (TNT). We ran races, volunteered, and set up fundraising events to help others in my family’s situation.
Terry under went successful treatments of chemotherapy that lasted 4 years. Very few people knew of her condition. She did not want anybody to know she was mortal. This meant she would never grow old, let alone get sick.
In the end, Terry had no bone marrow to create her hemoglobin. The red blood cells that carry oxygen through out the body, were depleted at that time. My family donated blood thought her treatments, to the Red Cross, to give back the generous gift we received.
Three weeks after Terry’s last successful transfusion, she was able to live on donated blood for many months with a definable solution. A week later, Terry agreed to hospice care. We simulated the hospital environment according to her home. The object of hospice is to bring about a peacefully, painless death. However Terry, was a ruthless fighter with her condition. Through out days of fighting painfully, she finally agreed to the first dose of Morphine. On the Sunday of November 24th,there were religious intentions from her family. We watched the TV mass on the Catholic channel and prayed rosary from Lourdes. She also received her second Blessing of the sick from Monsenior Vance. Then, the agitation finally ceased through Devine intervention. Terry was ready to go to home to heaven, between 1 and 2 am.
My family knows what so many others go through when they are touched by cancer. We continue to be involved with cancer charities, and this site is to highlight what we will be doing to continue the fight of cancer research. So many of us have been touched and we would like you to participate with us. “Walk in my walk”
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
The purpose of our blog is to find a format to document events that we are involved in during the year. These events are centered on fundraising for charities that fund Cancer research. Bookmark our page, and we will keep you informed on research to combat cancers and events in our area.
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