Why We Do What We Do
Why we do what we do
Our daughter Eimear was diagnosed with Hodgkin Lymphoma (blood cancer) in September 2016, she was 22, years old. Over the next three years Eimear had the following treatment:
September 2016, 6 months of chemotherapy ABVD, was in remission from April but relapsed on July 4th 2017.
September 2017, Eimear had E-shap chemotherapy, 5 days a week, every 3 weeks followed by a self donate stem cell transplant and was placed in remission of March 22, 2018. And again relapsed on May 18th 2018.
The third treatment was another more intense chemotherapy and a donor Stem Cell transplant on November 1st 2018.
Eimear was making great progress until she developed an allergic reaction to a drug called Cyclosporine (anti – reaction drug people take post transplant Eimear is the 5th person in 17 years in Ireland to have PRES) this caused Eimear to have seizures, and because the cyclosporine treatment was stopped. Eimear developed stage IV Graft Versus Host Disease (GvHD) and doctors had to treat Eimear with very High dose of steroids to treat the GvHD.
On 1st February during a routine examination it was discovered that Eimear’s large bowel was about to perforate, and life saving surgery was needed. Eimear never recovered and on June 19, Eimear had multiple organ failure, and was given hours to live. Eimear was to be married on October 31st 2019, and she ask the she and her partner Phillip be married before she died. They were married in the early hours of 20/06/2019. Eimear lived until the morning of June 27th.
Why the Dragonfly
The Dragonfly is a symbol of Resilience, Love and Hope, Eimear had all those qualities as more. Eimear’s dying wish was for the world to know that she beat cancer and her stem cell transplant was a success. She ask me to promise that I would do everything possible to encourage more people join the Stem Cell Donor Registry. And this is where you can help us fulfill Eimear’s wish. If you are not already registered as a stem cell donor, please consider doing so today.