Claremore Daily Progress

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April 26, 2014

Amanda’s Battle Cry



When Amanda gets back she stays with her grandma who takes care of her. She can see her daughter; however she has to wear a mask. When her daughter saw her she laughed a lot and reached toward Amanda to hold her. She kept touching Amanda’s face and kissing her. 
Amanda said “She’s very happy I’m home. I can’t take complete care of her, I’m not allowed to change diapers or give her baths so my aunt is taking care of her a lot. I see her almost every day but I’m really ready for my family to be back together.”
Her immune system is still weak so she cannot go anywhere public. She does not like wearing the mask. However, she has to wear one for the next 100 days. Amanda said people notice her with her mask and “It’s very annoying and I’m not someone who likes much attention and of course people stare.” If her healing keeps moving fast she may not have to wait 100 days. 
Wednesday, March 10 is Amanda’s birthday, and she receives a wonderful gift. She goes to her doctor to have blood work tested and she is doing better than any doctor would have predicted. Happy Birthday to Amanda she may go home without a mask to kiss her daughter. It has only been 11 days. 
Amanda’s battle is not over. She still has days of struggle, fears of getting sick, and just dealing with life in a body that has not regained all its strength. 
For Amanda failure is not an option, losing meant leaving her very young daughter without a mother, and her husband without a wife. Amanda looks forward to playing her piano again, going to church and being a part of the worship team. The first song she will play is “God I look to you,” her victory song. 
Last year, 9,290 people were diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma cancer, Amanda was one of them. Of them, 8,110 patients will sing their victory song, Amanda is one of them. 

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