Dear friends, family and supporters,
Hi my is Jolanda (AKA) Yo, I would like to share you my story and ask for your help. On January 10, 2017 I was diagnosed with Primary Myelofibrosis a group of very rare cancers of the bone marrow in which the marrow is replaced by scar tissue and is not able to make healthy blood cells. It is classified as a type of chronic Leukemia.
Unfortunately, research for this type of cancer is difficult to study because it is regarded as incurable and most patients life exectancy is from 3.4 to 5 years when diagnosised with a intermediate 2 to high risk. My diagnosis had already showed I have significant mutation resulting in advanced stage scar tissue in my bone marrow and the only curative therapy is a Allogeneic bone marrow transplant.
My family tested and one of my brothers was a 100 percent match and I am a fighter, so with 40 percent chance of survival to make it through the high-doses of chemotherapy I agreed to go through the transplant.
A little about me, I’m single and live by myself with my pup and best furry friend Sandy in Phoenix Arizona. I made a career in armed security working in both the federal and private sectors. I enjoy Kayaking, Harley Davidson Motorcycles, Camping and Hiking with my friends and family. I love football my favorite team is the Seattle Seahawks!
I have 4 brothers and their wifes who all have been Angels by providing me with emotional support and helping take care of me. This has been a heavy financial burden on me my family and friends.
With the need of caregivers 24 hours a day for the next 3 to 4 months and my pay being reduced even further I am asking for your support and kindness to help me with medical supplies, staying in my apartment, household expenses and help with my caregivers expenses that all live out of state.
As part of this process, I am at this time on short term disability and have no other resources to obtain home and/or a assistance living facility caregivers that health insurance will not cover under my benifits. Despite these obstacles I am optimistic, hopeful and happy to be given a second chance at life.
My friends and family call me Wonder Woman and while there are many days I don’t feel like a Wonder Woman, I believe I can beat this cancer and have hope that one day I can go to the Netherlands see my relatives and go Kayaking with my puppy dog Sandy and friends.
Before that, I have a very long road to recovery ahead 6 months to a year and I know I can face it head on with your help. Thank you for taking the time to read this page and thank you for your help and support.
Jolanda (AKA) Yo