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LEUKEMIA
“The first time that you hear that your child has leukemia your whole world falls apart” says Anne Lamuniere in the movie. But once the first shock it’s over you start to understand that a Leukemia diagnosis can be overcome. According to the Leukemia & Limphoma Society, the leukemia death rate for children 0 to 14 years of age in the United States has declined 88 percent from 1969 to 2006. Despite this decline, leukemia causes more deaths than any other cancer among children and young adults under age 20. About 460 children under the age of 15 are expected to die from leukemia in 2009.

What is Leukemia?
Leukemia is a malignant disease (cancer) of the bone marrow and blood. It is characterized by the uncontrolled accumulation of blood cells. There are four major types of leukemia: ALL, AML, CML, CLL.

Amina’s Leukemia was ALL, acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common type in children under age 15. Most children with ALL are cured of their disease after treatment. In fact, Amina’s bone marrow transplant was successful but her body was weak and she died of a respiratory infection.

For accurate information and resources about Leukemia please visit:
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society

Fundación Jose Carreras

The National Children’s Leukemia Foundation


COPING WITH GRIEF AND LOSS
“I think, partly, she left me the freedom to live a life”. After Amina passed away Anne Lamuniere was a mother in despair but with enough strength to try to look forward. That’s the most difficult part after a loss, to look forward and to find the will to go on. It is not easy but you could find help:

http://www.helpguide.org/mental/grief_loss.htm

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/grief/MH00036

http://mentalhealth.samhsa.gov/publications/allpubs/Ken-01-0104/default.asp