She was a fighter from day 1

by Joanne
(Oviedo, Fl)

My beautiful baby sister. She came into this world June 15th 1969. She was 3 months premature and only 2 pounds. She overcame all that was associated with that and grew into a beautiful woman, sister, friend, and mother. She had Hodgkins Lymphoma at 20 years old, then again at 24. When she was 37, she had to have 2 valves replaced in her heart and overcame all of that. I told you she was a fighter..Then in December of 2010, she was diagnosed with Hodgkins for the third time and her only hope was strong chemo that would require a bone marrow transplant. She considered the treatment the only way she would have a chance to see her daughter grow up, so she agreed to it. We held fund raisers, and had family lined up as caretakers during and after the BMT. We traveled to the other side of our state for orientations and caregiver classes months prior to the procedure. Then in March of 2011, she received the 5 days of chemo and BMT. She fought so hard, I will never forget the things I witnessed in those few weeks watching someone fight to save their life. She passed away from a condition called DAH (diffused aveolar hemmorage). Basically, her lungs were bleeding from the inside and she never was able to breath on her own and passed away on Good Friday of 2011. I have Leilani now and I am trying my best to raise her to know and remember who her mom was and how hard she fought for her. We miss her smile, jovial spirit and inside jokes that only her and I shared. I know the pain will subside one day, but when..?? That answer no one knows.

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Dec 08, 2011
The very best Sister
by: Amy Brock

Joanne... Laurie had an awesome Sister... YOU !!! You were always there for her, and now you're there for her Daughter. Both of you have had so much to overcome...physically and emotionally... lots of struggles, heartaches and disappointments. Yet, you always remained positive and hopeful. Your faith kept you strong. I've always admired how through everything you've been through you've stayed so strong. You're the best !!! And I'm proud to be your friend. I love you Jo. Laurie had a super role model, and so does her Daughter and your Daughters as well. Take care of yourself. You deserve the best.

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