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It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Amber being diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on March 18, 2021. To say our world has turned upside down is an understatement. This diagnosis came as a complete shock to us and we are devastated.
Amber is such a hard-working person. She graduated with her Master's Degree in Accounting from James Madison University in December 2020, and is a CPA. She had just started working as an Accountant at KPMG in January 2021. She was just starting her adult life; and unfortunately she has to put this exciting time of her life on hold to battle cancer. Those that know Amber, know she is a bright and bubbly light to all that know her, with a contagious laugh. Her heart is pure. She is our Sunshine Baby! Amber is such a strong person and we know she can beat this!
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a cancer of the bone marrow and the blood and progresses rapidly. AML starts in the bone marrow (the soft inner part of certain bones, where new blood cells are made), but most often it quickly moves into the blood, as well. It can sometimes spread to other parts of the body including the lymph nodes, liver, spleen, and central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). The awareness ribbon color for leukemia is orange.
Most often, AML develops from cells that would turn into white blood cells (other than lymphocytes), but sometimes AML develops in other types of blood-forming cells. AML can be a difficult disease to treat and requires inpatient treatment. Researchers are studying new approaches to AML therapy in clinical trials. There is no known cause for most cases of AML. For most people who have AML, there are no obvious reasons (risk factors) why they developed the disease. As the doctor has said, it's a matter of having bad luck. Treatment consists of inpatient chemotherapy/other drug therapies, as well as regular blood transfusions for 6-12 months, depending on how Amber's body reacts to treatment, and she may require a bone marrow transplant. During this time, Amber will be very sick and will be unable to work/function normally. We pray for a cure.
We will do our best to keep everyone updated on her progress, so stop by from time to time to learn how Amber is progressing.
Keep the prayers, thoughts and positive wishes coming. Pray to whoever and whatever you believe in. We need the entire universe and all spiritual beings on Amber's side.
Amber's friends have set up a Go Fund Me Account to help with the financial burden, both medically and general living expenses as she is unable to work. Link is below.
Marie & Steve