It’s been a while since our last update on Mimi. So many things have happened in all our lives. Well, after the treatment and recovering in Germany, Mimi went back to her family in Alger in September. She had to be extremely careful to prevent any infection because after a stem cell transplantation even a simple cold can be fatal. Also there’s a heap of rules on what or not to eat or how to behave in public. All in all it can take up to one year until a patient’s immune system is back with full force. Luckily Mimi has been healthy since and did not have to struggle with any infections. Mimi came back to Germany for her first after treatment scan in late October. We are happy about the results since there has not been any change to her last CT in August. „No change“ means good! It means that the scans don’t show any negative alterations such as new enlargened lymph nodes. Also Mimi did not show any of the disease’s side effects she suffered from when she first came to Germany. She gained weight and even the nurses in the hospital were happy to see her „looking so much better“. We’re now organising check-ups for Mimi every 3 months. We’re happy with the current situation and we’re still MORE than happy about all the help and support we received in 2015. We could not have done any of that without your power!
We wish you a merry christmas and a happy new year!
… that’s the time and place to be for Robert Strehlers exhibition of almost 240 portraits shot within 4 weeks to help us raise money for Mimis treatment. The final result of Roberts idea – portrait vs. donation – is absolutely incredible. We really want to thank each and everyone who’s helped us in any kind of way over the past months.
Please come and join us at „Galerie B2“ on Sunday 23rd August 2015. We’re also happy to tell you that Mimi will be attending the exhibition as well. She’s doing fine and regains her power step by step.
Spinnereistrasse 7 / Gebäude 20
Mimi is doing fine so far. She’s been out of hospital for over 2 weeks and again, there have not been any complications. We’re still regularly visiting the hospital for check ups, Mimi has to wear a special mask whenever she’s going outside and we need to take care of what she’s eating – there are quite a few rules. In the meantime charity actions haven’t stopped. We’ve sold yummy cake for Mimi at a local outdoor event that was organised by friends of ours – what a great day that was! Also photographer Robert Strehler has launched a very special and beautiful campaign. He’s collecting money for Mimi while shooting pictures of people who will donate 20 Euros for an awesome portrait of themselves. We love it!!! All of Roberts photographs will be shown in an exhibition by the end of August – we’re already planning together with Mimi … more information on that are to come! Seize the day everyone!!! 🙂
Monday July 6th 2015 … after another 4 weeks in hospital and in isolation Mimi is finally coming home. We’re so so happy. Her last CT looks great … no more anomalies. Also, we’re excited to see Mimi and our story on TV this afternoon. Thanks to everyone at MDR! Hopefully Mimis immune system is going to stabilise now. We’re concerned about what may happen to her at home or outside. But anyway, we’re really really happy she’s out of hospital and doing so well so far 🙂
High dose chemotherapy – check! Stem cell transplantation – check! General condition – ok! Complications – not so far! This is not supposed to sound funny, because over all it is NOT, however we are happy that everything seems to go according to plan. The coming days are important as they are the most risky days. At this point Mimi basically has no immune system. Any infection could be life-threatening. Well, Mimi doesn’t really think about that though – she’s simply bored lying all day in that isolated room wiht nothing much to do. She’s asking for chocolate … but that’s not allowed 😦
„One last smile“ before Mimi is going to start her heavy treatment in isolation. Over the next days she’s going to receive a high dose chemo therapy, followed by the stem cell transplantation. The chemo side effects will be a lot worse than before and without the stem cells her body would not be able to deal with the chemo. Mimi’s going to stay in isolation for about 4 whole weeks. We can hardly imagine … but once you grow older (and she will too!) you realise time really does fly! Thank you again for all your support, your thoughts and sharing!!!