Jan 21, 2004 - 3:31 am
Hi My name is Martie Vermeulen. I am not a cancer survivor but the daugther of someone living with CML. My mom was diagnosed in Feb 2003. Two months later she received a stem cell transplant. The cancer or bad sells was reduced drastically. My mom was so brave and good throughout chemo. All was well until November 2003 when everything changed. My mom had flu like symtoms and didn't eat for about two weeks. After some serious persuasion my mom agreed to be taken to hospital. My mom was admitted immediately. My dad was in Mocambique on business at the time, he came back home as soon as he could. Two days after being admitted to hospital my mom could not walk, her whole body was shaking uncontrollably. She could no longer speak, just made sounds. Two weeks later her eyes closed. The doctors gave her antibiotics and did every test they thought possible. Until today they cannot tell us what is wrong. It has been 6 weeks and we still dont know. The doctors say that the leukemia is under control and this is not causing my mom to be sick. My moms eyes are permanently closed, she lays in a bed and only rolls from side to side, we feed her liquids as she cannot chew. She has lost so much weight. Please help - if anyone has gone through something like this - please let me know. All the doctors say is that she has some virus - what virus they cannot say. My mom has gone for MRI scans, lumberpuch, etc. Please if anyone has some info let me have it.