This was farewell to my dear friend Tom. He was here with his niece, Hatice and her husband, Kemal. He needs to go back to Melbourne for his son’s wedding in July! He was a good friend, shopped for cheese, chocolate, fruits and vegees and made a lovely donation to my hospital bill. When, I’m able to travel, I’ll be visiting his beautiful family in Melbourne!
Hatice has also been a great help to me. She visits, makes me tea and heats up yummy food her husband picked up! She will do fine with HSCT. I think she’s on the same schedule as Kellie and Judi 🙂
This is Allan and Nicky who just arrived to take Tom’s place. I’ve been told to ask them for anything I need..but my fridge is stocked : )
The highlight of today was an extremely festive tea party in the doctor’s lounge area.
Dr.Federonko and Anastasia has been working so hard collecting videos from past patients and organizing this 5th year anniversary. The videos were heartfelt and full of humor and depicted how lives had improved for the better, There were previous many previous HSCT patients there, the food was delicious and the conversation was lively. Many of the Russians spoke English and were able to translate for the rest. It was a living tribute to Dr. Fedorenko’s dedication to his patients. The staff had a lovely gathering for current & past patients today! Anastasia made a delicious surprise cake for Sheila’s birthday. I loved hearing the successful stories from people of all ages and types of autoimmune diseases. I was fortunate to be sitting across from Tatyana I. Iovona, PhD. She works for the European Hematology Association, Scientific Working Group for the Quality of Life and Symptoms. Geraldine Padilla, PhD will be so happy to be in contact with Tatyana again!!! I believe they worked together in 2006.