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The family and friends of Madonna Bates are uniting to raise money to help with her battle against Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

My mother was a dedicated stay at home mom until my sister and I were almost through school and she decided to further her education. Her goal was to become a Registered Nurse and after many long hours of studying, balancing a family, and hard work her goal became a reality. She has been working in the medical field for over 15 years with geriatric nursing being her passion. She has worked for VITAS Innovative Hospice Care for many years not realizing that she would ever face the same disease as the patients as which she cares for.

In addition to being a wife and mother, she is a Nana to 2 wonderful children Dawson & Hali which love her very much. She has an abundance of Faith, and a strong will to live. She loves the Lord and attends church services whenever she is able, she loves her brothers and sisters in Christ very much.

In the summer of 2011 my mother started experiencing pain and swelling in her knees and legs, passing it off as working long hours and being on her feet all of the time. By the winter months her pain had increased and she was having difficulty getting up and down and walking at times. After much debate she finally agreed to see an Orthopedic Surgeon thinking that she had a torn meniscus. On her initial visit they did the routine exam as well as a CT Scan, results from the CT scan revealed that there was abnormality in her bone marrow. The doctor left her knee untreated until he ordered other test/labs, when those results were back he immediately referred her to a local Oncologist ….at this point it was appearing to be Leukemia. In a few days she had an appointment with the local oncologist and was ordering may test, one of which was a bone marrow biopsy. After weeks of which seemed like years the results were finally back and her illness now had a name…. it was Stage 4 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma , a very rare type which is usually only found in men. After meeting with the local team of oncologist her treatment regimen would have to include a Stem Cell/ Bone Marrow Transplant. With that being said the doctors wanted her to be provided with the best possible care so she was quickly referred to Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC which has one of the top Transplant programs in the nation.

My mother’s first visit to Duke Medical Center was in the beginning of 2012, they already had all of her test results but proceeded to do more to confirm the previous diagnosis. In order to prep for her Stem Cell Transplant she would have to undergo Aggressive Chemotherapy treatments in which she would have to be hospitalized for. During this process of treatment she has obtained every type of infection imaginable and has been hospitalized several times, which has been setbacks for her treatment schedule along with the sudden unexpected death of her brother during all of this. In May of this year the doctors were in hope that the lymphoma was in remission due to the reduction of the lymph nodes, blood levels, and lab reports and had turned her over to the transplant team. While traveling for a routine visit she got very ill on the way there and had to be hospitalized, while she was there they went ahead and did another bone marrow biopsy only to find out that the lymphoma is still there. So she undergoing a few more rounds of aggressive chemo before her cells can begin to be harvested and she can prep for transplant.

My mom has been off work since the first of 2012 due to the fact that she has a very low immune system and must be careful about germs, viruses, etc. This disease has robbed things from her such as eating certain types of foods, gardening, going on trips, and planting her favorite plants and flowers due to risk of infection. She has used all of her sick days and vacation time and is now receiving her Short Term Disability benefits, which is only a portion of her salary. She does have medical coverage through COBRA at this time which she is responsible for the premiums, and must I say they are expensive. Due to the unforeseen length of her treatment her Short Term is going to expire very soon which will leave her with prescription cost, insurance premium, travel expenses, her portion of the medical bills, along with other necessary things and virtually no incoming funds.

I am asking humbly, for donations and prayers to aid her in diverting the cost of her treatment and expenses. My mother has always been the one giving to people and organizations and helping others in need and now she is in a position where she needs herself.

If you are more comfortable sending donations (or cards) directly to her, we ask that you make them payable to MADONNA BATES, and mail them to the following address:

Madonna Bates
55 Beaverdam Rd.
Whitesburg, Ky. 41858

Thanks & God Bless
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