Aida’s Story

Site created on February 19, 2018

Welcome to Aida’s CaringBridge website. We’ve created it to keep friends and family updated, sharing news about her progress/health/life since her diagnosis of multiple myeloma in January. Multiple myeloma is the diagnosis when plasma cells turn cancerous and build up in the bone marrow, causing tumors. Eventually those  tumors crowd out the bone marrow,  weaken the bones, and cause  stress fractures, fatigue, and a very weakened immune system. It’s a  scary, painful, incurable disease—but very much manageable with chemo therapy,  compassionate, dedicated care, and lots of loving support.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Pablo Peschiera

Dear Family and Friends:

When cancer creeps in to your life—either into your body or the body of someone you love—it can be hard to remember when you've had a good week. This week has been very good after two busy and stressful months for Aida and John. Here's the good news first, in a list to get you up to speed:

1) Aida and John have moved back to Holland, Michigan
2) Both of their oldest sons live very near (Sean Killilea and Pablo Peschiera)
3) They've found an easily accessible apartment in a well-kept complex, looking out on a pond (ducks, geese, a muskrat)
4) Aldi's market is right nearby! (as is a Panera and the best Chinese restaurant in town!)
5) Aida's oncologist is excellent, and has a terrific bedside manner
6) Aida had her first chemo therapy appointment—it went very well!
7) Lucia, Aida's sister, was here to help them settle in, and it was wonderful
8) Aida is feeling better than she's felt in months—as good as one can feel with multiple myeloma

Today is St. Patrick's day, the feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. Like Saint Patrick chased the snakes out of Ireland, we'll chase the cancer out of Aida!
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