Hi my name is Ruth Ramirez. My family and friends call me Ruthie. I have two Daughters, Jozilyn Ruth and D’onna Lyn. I never thought, in a million years, I would find myself or my family writing about our fight with a disease called ‘cancer’.
In March 2009, I began to have symptoms of pain in my lower back, neck, stomach, as well as vomiting, loss of appetite, including severe headaches. I was in and out of doctor’s offices and hospitals for the most part of March 2009.
April 27, 2009, I was immediately taken to Forest Hills Hospital in Queens, NY for which I believe I had a seizure. With no exaggeration, I probably had every imaginable tests done like MRIs, CT Scans, Pet Scan, Bone Marrow and several biopsies to name a few. I can’t even count them all. I do remember hearing the word ‘cancer’ as a result. I just couldn’t believe it. It was disturbing and overwhelming.
The physician would later say that they found lesions throughout my body but could not find the origin of this cancer. The primary was considered unknown and unsettling as the physicians continue to be puzzled not knowing what type of cancer we would be dealing with. The pathologist said there were positive readings of Myeloma. However, they later concluded that I tested positive for A.L.L.- PH+. As my sisters began to research A.L.L., we later confirmed with the physicians that I have been diagnosed with:
Philadelphia (PH+) Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
In June of 2009, after my sisters researched A.L.L. PH+ cancer, they decided that because of this long road ahead of us, a website would be the best communication tool to use to reach my family and friends. At first, I was hesitant. I just didn’t know what would come of this. I realized after much talk with my family, it was decided that this would be a good thing. It’s like therapy. It’s a way for us to express our feelings outwardly and not be ashamed to let everyone know what we are feeling and going through. This was the hardest part for me but I knew that it was also going to help me in a special way.
This website became our journey through the most difficult time in my life. We expressed our inner most feelings. I wanted the viewers and readers to be motivated and inspired by our faith, prayers and that whatever the circumstance may be, God is still in control. This website is a testament of what my family had to endure because of a disease that decided to take over my body overnight.
As time progresses and my website continues to grow, I felt in my heart to express to my sisters that I did not want this website to be only about me. I wanted them to create other types of pages that would bless and inspire me and others. It’s like a people website, where we can all come together showing our love for one another and it being a show and tell website of what is important and special to us.Cancer is so limited It cannot cripple Love It cannot shatter Hope It cannot corrode Faith It cannot destroy Peace It cannot kill Friendship It cannot suppress Memories It cannot silence Courage It cannot invade the Soul It cannot steal Eternal Life It cannot conquer the Spirit