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I Need Your Help!

My name is Shawn Wesley and in July 2017, after going to the ER with flu like symptoms, weakness and trouble breathing, I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  What a shock! For years I have been very health conscious-watching everything I eat (no pork or GMOs here), taking natural supplements & working out or cycling 4-6 days a week. Since my diagnosis I’ve learned to live with a whole new health regimen – having blood & platelet transfusions, monitoring white cell counts, learning about genetic testing markers, being neutropenic and much more. Despite the challenge, I’ve successfully made it through five rounds of very aggressive chemotherapy & spent about two months total in the hospital. I give praise and thanks to the Creator for grace, mercy & positivity, great medical personnel (shout out to Dr. K), and the love & support of family, friends & coworkers.

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June 24, 2018

Perhaps you know the Beatles’ song, “The long & winding road”…..well, that’s what it feels like I’m on right now. Since my last update there have been some twists & turns- after being in remission for 8 months the leukemia returned, I had to be hospitalized for chemotherapy (different stronger round) & my stem cell transplant has been postponed-again. I went in the hospital for treatment anticipating a one week stay and now I’m looking forward to being discharged on day #26 (June 1st)! This stay was a bit eventful–I lost my appetite (that sucks!), had two 102F+ fevers, went into neutropenic/septic shock & kept hospital personnel running with my erratic heart rate. It’s been quite an experience, but all seems to be returning to normal now & I’m more than OK with that!

I remain thankful for God’s mercies, your prayers and all continued healing thoughts! Thanks for contributing to my fundraising efforts, sharing my story with others & always remember I truly appreciate all you do for me! Until next time….Peace & keep your heads to the sky!

June 28, 2018

It’s been a minute since I’ve written on my progress, so here’s a brief update:
My pre-testing preparations continue at VCU. It seems that each time I complete a test, scan or assessment, a new one is added to my list! By the time I get to the transplant, every body part will have been checked out! I suppose that’s reassuring -at least I’ll know there’s nothing blocking my “second life” start after the transplant occurs!
I am grateful for your donations that are helping me reach my $10,000 goal. Your continued prayers, healing thoughts & positive vibes are always solicited & are greatly appreciated!! I know these are a continual blessing for me!

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March 14, 2018

Thinking of you and sending you my love and prayers!!

Donna Hudson Coakley

February 8, 2018

Continue to be positive, stay strong & put on your BIG DANCE shoes!!

Big Sis Cheryl