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Our intention is that Mary Ellen Kelly be immediately, permanently and completely healed of all symptoms of myelodysplastic syndrome and pulmonary hypertension, that her hemoglobin counts become normalized, and that she be healthy and well in every way.’

Intention of the Week: Mary Ellen Kelly

Help her to overcome blood cancer

Sunday, August 18, 2019

10:10 am Pacific

Mary Ellen Kelly, aged 69, from Chicago, Illinois, has been nominated by her sister, Noreen Kelly.

In 2011, Mary Ellen was diagnosed with a rare blood cancer called myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a disorder in which the bone marrow does not produce enough healthy blood cells. As a result, red blood cells often do not mature and function properly, causing anemia and she experiences persistent fatigue.

Here’s Mary Ellen’s story in her own words:

“To treat my condition, I have to receive frequent blood transfusions, which can cause complications such as iron overload. The lower my count, the more units of blood I’ll receive. Typically, it’s one unit, but if the count is extremely low, I get two. Fortunately, my MDS is low-risk, with only a 20 percent chance of developing acute myeloid leukemia (AML).”

“Until late last year, I was able to control my condition with weekly shots and periodic blood transfusions. Then I had to start getting monthly transfusions. In May of this year, I started a type of chemo treatment, where I get two injections for five days in a row on a monthly basis and then continue with my other weekly shots.”

“I've had three rounds of treatment so far. I need to wait another month (after my fourth round) to see if this treatment is working for me. It only works positively for 30 percent of patients. In the meantime, I've been getting weekly transfusions since the treatment makes my hemoglobin count go down before it (hopefully) will go up.”

“Also, this year, I was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension (PH), a rare lung disease defined as a type of high blood pressure that affects the arteries in your lungs and the right side of your heart. My doctors believe that I developed PH due to the low blood counts attributable to my anemia.

“The symptoms that I experience from PH include shortness of breath, fatigue, chest pressure and swelling of the ankles. To treat my PH, I am taking Lasix (water pills). I was hospitalized twice this spring due to shortness of breath. Like MDS, PH is a chronic and progressive disease.”

Please hold the following intention on Sunday, August 18, 2019 at 10:10 am Pacific US time/1:10 pm Eastern US/:6:10 pm UK/7:10 pm Europe:

Our intention is that Mary Ellen Kelly be immediately, permanently and completely healed of all symptoms of myelodysplastic syndrome and pulmonary hypertension, that her hemoglobin counts become normalized, and that she be healthy and well in every way.’

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