A pleasant surprise before I head out of town to see my sister graduate from college. (Congratulations, Yale Class of 2012!)
Abi Hamlin’s mother, Diane, called with an update on how her daughter is doing.
Abi, a River View High School student who was diagnosed with leukemia last year, was scheduled for a bone marrow transplant May 10. But two weeks before the transplant, doctors decided to postpone it because there were too many leukemia cells in her bone marrow. Abi also had to go through another round of chemotherapy.
But Diane Hamlin says her daughter is trying to stay positive as they wait for doctors to give the go-ahead for rescheduling the transplant. One thing that has helped is the attention the Seattle Children’s Hospital patients and staff received after their lip-sync video to Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)” became a viral hit.
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Some of the children on the cancer floor were too ill to be in the video.
“You just kind of feel lucky you were feeling good and able to participate,” said Diane Hamlin, who also was in the video with a few other parents.
She acknowledges that her daughter does have her down days, especially because she would be getting ready to graduate with her friends, but she looks forward to the day when she finally can get out of the hospital.
“She kind of doesn’t hang on to that (sadness). She doesn’t linger,” Diane Hamlin said. “It’s a very good mechanism.”