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Mary Lou has been diagnosed with lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma, a rare form of Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. This particular form of lymphoma is treatable and patients can experience a good quality of life with this condition. The abnormal cells produced by this condition "crowd out" the healthy red and white blood cells in the bone marrow and make it difficult for Mary Lou to fight infections (due to a lesser number of white blood cells) and leave her weak and tired. Her immune system will be tasked to fight off infections. Mary Lou has experienced one treatment of chemotherapy and associated medications but some of the side effects were very unpleasant and her doctor has suggested that she take a two week break from the prescribed treatments until she feels better and stronger. At that time, the doctor will take more blood tests, review the results, and discuss with Mary Lou the options she has for continued treatment.
The family asks for your prayers and emotional support at this time for Mary Lou to rest, recuperate and get stronger. For local friends and family, if you would like to visit or take food to Mary Lou and Bob, please contact them first and ensure that she is well enough to receive visitors. If you or any of your family are sick or have been sick, please delay your visit until you are well to prevent Mary Lou from being exposed to infectious conditions.
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