Losing My Sister, Losing Half of Myself
Mom found the knot on her neck Thanksgiving 2001, Rachel was a freshman at Morehead state university. December the 3rd, the doctors diagnosed her with Hodgkin's Lymphoma.
She immediately underwent chemo and radiation, she had to drop out of college. She lost most of her hair. She was only 18yrs old.
After 8mths of treatment she went back for the last cat scan to be considered in remission. The drs found "hot spots" on the gallium scan. The cancer was back. She was sent to another hospital where she had high dose chemo and a stem cell transplant with her own stem cells to boost her immune system.
The chemo destroyed her heart and lungs her body was never the same. In 2004, the cancer was back for the 3rd time. She needed another stem cell transplant. I was a perfect match. We did it but 9mths after it was back again and the drs could do nothing.
She did radiation and chemo to control the growth rate but she was soon sent home on hospice. She passed away on a Thursday morning, July 28th 2005. she was only 22yrs old.
She left behind her loving parents, her only sibling-me, and her 1 niece and 3 nephews(my kids), as well as her many friends.
I know work part time with the Leuk and lymph society trying to raise awareness with blood cancers and fundraising.
2yrs later it still hurts, not all days are hard but some are like the same day I found otu she died. I love and miss Rachel with all my heart. The seasons change and my sister is gone