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Save Jodie – Aplastic Anemia

Amanda, one of the volunteers with the North Texas Cat Rescue sent me this story, and asked if I would mind sharing it with my blog readers to help with exposure. But, of course!

Here’s the site: http://www.savejodie.com/

Taken from the front page:
“In November of 2008, Jodie Gee went in for a routine physical and mentioned to her doctor that she noticed some bruises on her body over the weekend. A few days later, she was diagnosed with Severe Aplastic Anemia, a bone marrow disorder, which means that her marrow no longer produces any red and white cells or platelets necessary to fight infection, clot her blood, or carry oxygen through her body. This came as a complete surprise because she was in great physical health prior to that.

“Jodie is a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend – She is caring, creative and has a giving spirit.”

Jodie is now in urgent need of a life saving bone marrow transplant. She needs 2-3 blood or platelet transfusions per week in order to maintain an adequate level of health. Common viral infections, such as a “cold,” are now life threatening to her. She now has to limit her contact with friends and can no longer care for her children as a normal mother would. Even holding or kissing her small children could be dangerous.”

What is Aplastic Anemia? Here is some information from Wikipedia.

“Aplastic anemia is a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells.

The term ‘aplastic’ means the marrow suffers from an aplasia that renders it unable to function properly. Anemia is the condition of having reduced hemoglobin or red cell concentration in the blood. Typically, anemia refers to low red blood cell counts, but aplastic anemia patients have lower counts of all three blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, termed pancytopenia.”

If you are from the Dallas/Fort Worth area and you want to find out information on how to help Jodie, please check out her page! You can also visit the facebook page by clicking here.

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2 Responses to “Save Jodie – Aplastic Anemia”

  1. jt65 says:

    Thank you for sharing this story Brandi!

    This family is a beautiful family inside & out and to go through what Jodie is going through right now with such young children, it's heartbreaking.

  2. Grant and Leandra says:

    It was very cool of you to post this, Brandi. I know I am guilty of sometimes getting too caught up in business and lighthearted wedding things, but there is so much more going on in the world (and so many ways we can help!).

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