Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Post a Comment: How has Dawn touched your life?

There have been no changes in the last 24 hours. Her blasts have come down slightly. Still no word on the liver biopsy. Her heart rate did slow a bit last night but came back up on its own. If her heart does stop we will not try to restart it. We will however do everything we can to prevent that from happening and will be treating her to the fullest until we either see no improvement with the blasts or until she shows any signs of suffering. The chances of her blasts being defeated by her good cells is extremely slim, it almost never happens even with healthier patents. But we’ve come this far and Dawn has fought through so much to get here, I think we owe it to her to give her this one last chance.

Many of you are probably wondering how this could happen so quickly. Just a few weeks ago we had a clean FISH and 100% donor cells. Dawn had a very powerful and aggressive mutation that wasn’t responding to any of the oral chemo inhibitor drugs. She went through two rounds of chemo before her preparatory chemo and TBI and each time it came back stronger and seemingly more resistant. Typically transplants are more successful if you’re in more of a remission or chronic state at the beginning. Dawn was far from that state. This is just an example of how powerful leukemia can be and how desperately we need donors and a cure.

The last 24 hours have seen a tremendous amount of visitors to this site. There were 3,269 visits by 1,923 people. Already today there have been 1,175 visits by 643 people. In the last 36 hours there have been over 1300 first time visitors to this site. 83 Comments on the last posting so far. Thanks for all of the kind words, I wish Dawn was awake to read them all and see how many lives she’s touched. I think from time to time Dawn didn't feel like she was doing something meaningful with her life. She’s done well in many different jobs from being a flight attendant responsible for hundreds of people a day, and coordinating TV productions for national news and sports networks seen by millions of people. At the end of the day, I think she was always looking for something more meaningful and fulfilling, something that would allow to her to really help people and leave her mark on this world. If Dawn has touched your life, if you’ve joined the registry, given blood, recruited a friend, please write about it as a comment in this post, even if you already have previously. I’m hoping that in the next few days, Dawn will be more awake and I can read her all of these comments. I’m hoping that if she passes, she can rest peacefully knowing that her life had a lot of meaning to a lot of different people. That maybe others will be saved because of her. I know many of you out there are saddened by all of this. Let's turn that saddness into something good. The best way to feel good is to help another person. I hope each of you can join the donor registry and recruit a friend. Also, please give blood. Everyday there are leukemia patients either looking for donors or getting blood. YOU could be the only match for someone. You can find information at www.marrow.org and www.givelife.org.

102 Comments:

Tara said...

Hey Dawn, we never met. When I was going though tests for leukemia in July and felt like I was alone and scared- I found your site. I read about how you found out about your diagnosis, your puppy, the frustration of the bad response to gleevec. All this you did with humor and a smile. You made me think that if I ever get diagnosed that I could be like you, strong and ready for a fight. We're almost the same age (I’m 29) and I saw so much hope with you. You made me feel like I wasn't alone. I wish I could meet you in person and tell you how brave you are and how much you inspired me to donate and get others to. As I sit here writing this crying because I wish you didn't have to go though this and how unfair this disease is, I hope that a lot of people were inspired by your bravery and your relentless fight. I will always remember you and I will keep praying for you. You did good Dawn. You did really good.

Anonymous said...

Dawn, Mike & Family - My name is Shaunna Mejia and I also had Leukemia. I was diagnosed with AML in May 2006 at age 25. I had a transplant in August 2006 and then relapsed in August 2008. I just finished with 4 rounds of chemo and radation and so far no Leukemia is left. I found Dawn's website from the Leukemia website. I have read every single entry and I don't think words can express how amazing and inspiring Dawn is to a fellow Leukemia patient like myself. Reading through her entries has really remined me to appreciate everything in life, even the small things. It has showed me no matter what we are dealt with in life we must make the best of each situation. Dawn please know you have been such a huge inspiration to me and I will keep you and your family in my prayers.
Shaunna Mejia, Dallas Texas
shaunnamejia@sbcglobal.net
p.s. I LOVE your lab! I have two myself.

Sunny said...

I'm the aunt to an 18 year old boy in Wisconsin who was dx with CML July 19, 2008. As you well know, there is life BC (before cancer) and then there is the rest. Yesterday was his third bone marrow biopsy, and thankfully, he continues to respond to the gleevac. But every time he has one of these, we hold our breath until the results come back.

In my desperate attempt to do "something" to help my nephew, I turned to the internet. Especially those first few sleepless weeks when we just didn't have enough information. Eventually, I found this blog through another blog, through the leukemia and lymphoma society.

Ever since I found out about Dawn, I've been here almost daily reading updates, and silently cheering. I'm sorry I didn't post sooner, to show my support. I've told my friends about Dawn and asked them to say a prayer, for Dawn, and for all of her loved ones.

I'm so very sorry for what is happening now. It's difficult to hold onto hope when so many things have gone wrong. But if you can't now, I will now...I will continue to hope and pray for a miracle.

Rachel in Wisconsin

Anonymous said...

I just found your site a couple days ago from a link on lls.org I also have cml I was diagnosed in 9/06 I am now on tasigna. Your story has touched me in so many ways I have cryed and prayed for you many times you are a true inspiration to many I pray you pull through and see what a huge impact your life has been all my love,thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn and Family, I am Jack Nelson's step daughter Alicia. I have read your blog everyday since I found out. You have truly been an inspiration to so many. My prayers are with you and your family.

Alicia Rogers

Anonymous said...

I, too, am someone who has never had the pleasure of meeting you guys. I found your site on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society website. Last month, I was diagnosed with CML. I remember reading Dawn's words about how she felt and I couldn't believe how much it felt like she was inside my own head. After my bone marrow biopsy, my doctor told me I was a false positive and that they had misdiagnosed me. I pray for a miracle like this for Dawn everyday. She is an amazing woman. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. God bless you all in the days ahead to face wherever this journey takes you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn,

I just found out you've been sick today, but I have such happy memories of you from Asbury. I always thought you were so beautiful and talented, and you were always willing to help people (including me) out with projects or whatever needed to be done. I really admired your laid-back attitude and thought you were such a wonderful addition to our class. Thank you for so bravely sharing your story and battle with us. I'm praying for you, Mike and your family. ~Christine Amerman

hockeychic said...

Thinking of Dawn so much today. I was already on the Bone Marrow registry because of Adrian's blog and came here after reading about Dawn on Annie's blog. When I first found the blog, I read the whole thing from start to finish and check here several times a day. Dawn's spirit has really touched me. It shows through in her attitude, in her smile, in the way the blog educates people and gets people to sign up and hopefully tell their friends. Dawn's story to me is about hope.

I will be giving blood tomorrow for the second time and it will be in honor of Dawn, Adrian, Steven, and Stephanie - people I have come to know through blogs who are fighting leukemia.

Anonymous said...

Mike
I hope Dawn wakes up long enough for you to read some of the posts from people who didn't even know Dawn and yet felt close to her. We some times question life, saying how can God let this happen. There is a reason for everything in life, and if Dawn wanted to do something to help people more than she had ever done before, all we have to do is read the many posts to understand how it effected many reading this sites posts. Dawn has touched many life's so if her goal was to help others and to leave a mark, she has reached her goal. I'm very proud of her courage and the fighting spirit she has shown. I also want you to know that I'm very proud of you for keeping everyone informed on all the happenings that have taken place since Dawn learn she had Leukemia. God bless you Dawn, Michael and all family members. We continue to pray for Dawn's recovery.
Love you
Grandpa Tony & Nancy

Anonymous said...

Dawn, I too have never met you but I joined the registry because of you and your fight!!
you have helped me in many more ways than you know. I hope to help someone someday with my stem cells if they ever need them.
you are an amazing woman and Mike you are an amazing man.
If I am ever faced in a similar situation I hope that I have the strength and courage that you all have shown.
Alison

Chrissy Nelson said...

Dawn,
I want you to know how important you have been to me growing up. I have always looked up to you for all of your accomplishments. Grandma Green keeps me updated on everything you and your brothers do. So many of my good childhood memories are of you, Aunt Kristy, Uncle Steve, Stevie and Will. I love you so very much. I want to say that again. I love you Dawn! I regret not spending more time with you now that we are older. I am thankful for the fond memories I have growing up. I continue to pray for you. I pray that the Lord takes away your pain so that you will suffer no more. I pray that the Lord will help us understand. I have faith and believe that this is in Gods hands. Know how much you are loved and admired. There is still hope. Keep fighting.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
and never stops at all. -Emily Dickenson
Sending all my love, Your cousin Chrissy Nelson

Anonymous said...

Dear Dawn, Mike and families-
I have posted a couple times before. I too have CML but have been so blessed by a good, ok, great response to Gleevec. I am not in remission yet but thankfully/hopefully on my way.
Mike, when I read your post about Dawn wanting to do something meaningful with her life...my heart broke. She has, she has, she has! I was dx in 9/07. At first I had a great attitude and went on with life taking my Gleevec. I have had a few side effects here and there but nothing that keeps from living.
Late last year I started to get down. What you have done for me Dawn is to remind me how precious life is. Many people act like CML is no big deal anymore. Take your meds and go home. Obviously its not like that. I have never met you Dawn but you have refocused my life for me. You are an amazing, courageous, beautiful soul that I will take with me the rest of my life. You have always kept a smile through all your trials. I pray Mike can read all these posts to you. You have done more with your years than most people could hope to do in 100 years. You have inspired me, Dawn. I like what an earlier poster, Tara, said. You did good Dawn. You did really good.
Dianna
CML in MT

Marcos said...

Dear Dawn, Mike and family,
I know about this site and Dawn incredible fight for only a few days. Dawn is such a brave and sweet young woman. She is putting such a fight and Mike and the family are incredibly supporting, you all are an inspiration for fellow cml patients. I have cml for a few years now and feel very lucky to be in remission. I can't be a donor, although I do spread the word, but anytime I will be in a cool place, diving, climbing or hiking, I will have a thought for Dawn. I am not too religious but I pray anyway for a miracle.
Marcos.

Maria G said...

hey Dawn,
like many others here, i've never had the honor of meeting you, but your little brother steve is a very important & special part of my life. you & your fight have inspired me to really appreciate what i have. anyone who knows me knows that i freak out when i have to give blood, even just at the doctor, but last week i went & donated b/c of you & mike. i actually ended up passing out (i know, i'm a baby), but i plan on going back as soon as I can & trying again.
I don't know what else I can really say except to express my love for you, mike, your brothers & your parents. I can't imagine what all of you are going through, and I know there is no way to put it into words. Just know that you have touched more people than you can imagine, and inspired us all. You're truly a hero, and I pray that you can beat the odds and make it through this battle. I know your family is proud of you, and I am proud to have been connected to you in some way. All of my friends, as well as all of Steve's friends over here in Hawaii are thinking about you & praying for your recovery constantly.
sending all my love,
Maria

Anonymous said...

Soon after we first met, Dawn told me "I don't live to work, I work to live." I thought that was pretty cool, and from the stories she's told me it sounds like she's had an amazing life so far. I think we all are always searching for a way to make our lives more meaningful - sometimes that comes through a person's job, but usually it happens by some other means. There is no doubt Dawn has made a huge difference in a lot of people's lives already, and will continue to make a difference for a long time to come. Charlene and I have both joined the marrow donor registry and will continue to push for others to join. Regardless of how this all turns out, Dawn will always be someone I will think about when I need the strength to get through tough times. She stands as an inspiration to all of us. Thanks for your strength Dawn!

(And thanks for always looking out for me when those annoying shoots came my way. ;) You're the best!)

-Tom

Anonymous said...

helo

i'm your blog reader from the otehr side of the world. so, obviously,we've never met. i'm not a leukemia patient nor a caregiver.but ever since i read your blog, i've registered as a marrow donor and become a regular blood donor in my country.

a late friend of mine has CML diagnosed in Aug 06, same age like u dawn. the only thing is that, she never told us that she was sick until she's going for the BMT last June. i really really regret for my ignorance of her condition, that i didnt notice that she was sick, never really asked her when i've noticed that she lose lots of weight. she bookmarked ur blog in her laptop, that's how i met and keep visiting ur blog daily, even when the times that you seldomly updating, because u r busy with holidays and trips.

i hope that my prayers for you is heard, and hope i can redeem myself when i wasnt there for my friend and didnt notice that my friend was sick by praying for you.

i was so heart broken when seeing you in this condition.i really want you to get well soon and see you smile. i cant imagine being at your place, because u are such a fighter.

for mike and the rest of the family, you guys are good support for her. all my prayers goes for all of you too.

wake up,smile and get well dawn.

nora_d
LLS board

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn and family,
My church in Sharpsburg GA has a prayer chain via e-mail and a request for prayer for you came to my home today. I as well as many are praying for you for a complete healing. I will continue to read of your progress and know that our Lord has only the best for us whether here on this earth or with Him in heaven. Be strong of Spirit and never give up hope!
Because He is faithful,
Theresa Simoneau

Touched by Dawn said...

Thank-you Dawn for inspiring me to do more for others. I was diagnosed with CML in July 2004 and went through chemo, then high dose Gleevec. I have been one of the fortunate ones that Gleevec continues to work to keep my CML under control. I have had all of the side affects that Dawn talked about in her early blog posts. I often used my own fatigue and nausea as an excuse to not join the fight to help others. Not anymore. Dawn, your courage, passion for life and tenacity in the face of this dreaded disease led me yesterday to march myself into my local Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Chapter and volunteer to support their efforts. I will begin working with their First Connection and Family Support Groups after work today. Thank-you Dawn for giving me the strength and courage to help others.

I challenge each of you reading this blog to show Dawn and her dear loved ones how much you care by putting your concern and sympathy to action. Join LLS.org, donate, volunteer, give blood, be a bone marrow donor.

I know God is surrounding each of you, Mike, Dawn and family, in his loving arms and will bring you peace and comfort in these difficult days.

God Bless

David in North Florida

Anonymous said...

helo again

at 3.19 am here,i cannot sleep because havent read this blog.thanks for updating this blog and post a touching entry.

i hope when i wake up tmrw morning, there will be more positive changes with dawn.

nora_d

melyferb said...

I have been reading the blog every day (mostly a few times a day). I have had a hard time finding the right words to write. I gave up on the right words....

Dawn wasn't a big fan of the show smallville. But she knew I was, and she would record it and save it until I came over, and we'd watch it together. She was one of my first friends here in Charleston. Mike and Dawn became our dinner buddies. We would all make dinner together and watch dexter or go see the flippy flippy guy.

I was with Dawn the day she found out she was sick. We were at the doctors for almost 6 hours. It was a very long day, and I’m very glad I was able to be there for her.

For everyone out there that has never met Dawn, I apologize. She’s great. She has a good heart and truly cared about her friends. She has a great sense of humor and a kind nature. She loves to read and was part of a book club that she tried to recruit me for. Little did I know she could read an entire book in a weekend, and it took me 3 weeks. Her true love, besides Mike, was her dog Buddy. Buddy came into her life just before she found out she was sick. He made her VERY happy.


I gave blood last night because of Dawn. I hope to become much more involved in Red Cross Donation Recruiting. I made a flyer with a photo of Dawn on it and have been trying to give them out as much as possible urging people to donate.

I will not give up hope on you Dawn. I think about you everyday.

Ashley said...

To Dawn,

I can still remember the first time I met you. At the rainforest cafe in Orlando. I was anxious to meet the girl my brother was crazy about. And he still is. You changed him in so many beautiful ways that I knew you were someone special. I wish I could open my eyes and be with you again lying on a beach in Panama City or getting a little tipsy in a hotel in DC. You've touched us all and now my brother wants us to tell you how you've impacted our worlds. Well, all you have to do is look at him. He's the strong, wonderful man you've always known because of you. And I know I speak for my entire family when I say thank you.

All my love,

Ashley

Anonymous said...

For those that donate blood products because of Dawn, thank you. My son recieved over 250 units of blood products during his battle with leukemia.

For those who donate bone marrow, stem cells or umbilical cords because of Dawn, Again thank you. My son is alive today because 2 mothers donated their little baby girls umbilical cords.

Because of Dawn, you may be giving someone the gift of life.

Dawn, I don't know you but you have touched my life because you, like my son, are young. I continue to pray for you.

Diane (LALS Transplant Forum)

maitai said...

Firstly, Mike --

I am continually amazed at your strength and ability to turn even the most dire situations into something good. Your dedication to Dawn has truly been amazing to me, and I can't help but think how lucky she is to have such a wonderful boyfriend in her life. I truly admire you.

Dawn-- Again, I'm one of the people you've never met. I'm best friends with Maria, and therefore, good friends with Steve. I've read your blog from beginning to end have never ceased to be amazed at how much grace and strength you have shown throughout the last months. You have made me so much more aware of a disease that I had never given much thought to in the past. I am constantly thinking of you, and will continue to think about you, Mike and your family. I've given blood in the past, though at the moment I'm not allowed to. As soon as I'm in the clear, however, I will be back to donating on a regular basis. I wish more than anything that we could help you fight this. So many people have been touched by you, many of whom have never even met you. You are an inspiration to those around the world.

Love, Maile

Anonymous said...

Precious Dawn, Mike, Christy, and other family members,
I am continuing to hope and pray for Dawn's best.
My husband has CML. I found Dawn's blog several months back and have been following it since. I'm saddened by the recent downturns in Dawn's condition, but I will remain hopeful. The thing that strikes me most about Dawn's blog is her radiant smile at the top of the blog, and all of the pictures of her throughout the blog. She's smiling in almost all of them! She obviously has a love for people, animals, and life itself! By choosing to start a blog (and thank you Mike for continuing it) she has made her life and her CML journey an open book to the rest of us. I can't tell you how much I have learned through her experiences and the blog. I only wish I could have learned them some other way! Please continue to tell Dawn how meaningful her life is to others--even though I know she is sedated--because we never know what she can hear and understand. You are all in my heart and my prayers!

Southwest Friend from the LLS message board

Anonymous said...

My encounters with Dawn have been few, and mostly when I have been too busy work-wise, sadly, to stop and spend more time. She has a smile that lights up and room, a welcoming manner, and a kind heart. In the world we live in, people like that are rare and to be cherished. Plus she makes Mike smile. Another good thing.

Still hoping and praying here in New York City.

Brian

Matt said...

Dawn, Mike, and Christy,

I have never had the pleasure to personally meet any of you; however, my fiance has been in the same unit on the fifth floor with Dawn while receiving chemo treatments. From the first day that my fiance was on the fifth floor with Dawn, she began to keep up with Dawn's blog almost daily (she saw the URL on Dawn's door!) When in for her last treatment, my fiance asked her nurse where Dawn was and they simply told her she was moved to another unit. As God would have it, a close family friend was placed in the DDICU at MUSC the week following my girlfriend's last treatment. When we went back to visit our friend, my fiance immediately recognized Dawn and brought it to my attention as well. Just this past Monday we were there again visiting our friend. My fiance wanted desperately to tell all of you that we have praying for you and that you all were on our minds; however, she didn't know how to approach you and didn't want to intrude. With that said, we have been praying/pleading to God for all of you. As many others have already said, there is no affliction too great for God to heal!

"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

Isaiah 41:10

Angie Moffatt said...

I have been on the marrow registry for years, and it makes me sad that I was not able to help Dawn. But it's true that she is making an impact and increasing awareness... my friend's dad has been diagnosed with leukemia and needs a marrow transplant. There is no doubt in my mind that Dawn's fight and the excellent job you have both done in keeping this blog will help people like my friend's dad. We all love you, Dawn. We are so sad that you have had to go through this but you have inspired us all... by serving a purpose and cause greater than yourself. That's something we all aspire to.

Anonymous said...

Dawn,
I want you to know I am praying for you and hoping so much that everything works out and that you will be healthy and strong again and able to live the life that you deserve. I want you to know how special you have been in my life. Even though we've lost touch with each other over the past few years, I still think about you and talk about you often. Almost all of my stories from Asbury start out "One time Dawn and I..." I think you and I managed to get into more funny situations than anyone else I know. Anyway, I want you to know I love you and I'm praying so hard for you.

Love,

Liz (Morningstar)James

belfez said...

Hi Dawn,
Do you realise how special you are? -you have got us all together, from all over the world,just trying to get up-to- date, with how you are doing.We know you are having a rough time & we all worry but we are thinking of you,offering what ever support we can. So continue to be strong & as brave, as you have been so far. We wish for your recovery & return to wellness.
Faye

Anonymous said...

Hi Sweet Dawn,

I have been following your blog for months now and think you are such a wonderful person, and so brave to be fighting this fight so wholeheartedly. You are Superwoman to so many, myself included. :) I am praying for you, Mike and your entire family and I know that God has you wrapped perfectly in his arms now and always. I just this minute made an appt through givelife.org to donate blood with my husband tomorrow at 4:00. To all of you who may be reading this comment - PLEASE go to www.givelife.org and see for yourself just how easy it is to make your appt right online. It is only a moment that we can give to save many more moments for others like our darling Dawn.

May your hearts be full of love at this time and your minds at peace.

XOXO

pua said...

Hey Dawn,

We have never met. We are connected through Steve, as I am Maria's (his girlfriend) friend. I started reading your blog about two weeks ago. (Mike - this blog is absolutely amazing. I hope someday it will be published so that future families in similar situations can benefit and gain hope and support from this.) But Dawn, your strength is SO inspiring and admirable. Looking back through some of your photos, you're always wearing a beautiful, heart-warming smile. To smile through this experience, with needles & tubes & monitors surrounding you is unbelievable. It truly puts my life into perspective as I'm sure it has for many others. I hope Steve will bring you to Hawaii some day so I can meet you and see that beaming smile in person. :) Through this trying experience, you have inspired and brought hope to so many people. You have steadily been in my thoughts and will continue to be as you continue to fight this uphill battle. Mike, Steve & family - I admire your strength. Continue to be strong. Much love to everyone.

Pua

PastorSteve said...

I am Dawn's dad. We have spent the last weeks and months wrestling in prayer and believing God for healing. He has not let us down and never fails. The words of those who feel their lives as touched by Dawn are many with both old and new friends. We have a saying in our family...everybody loves Dawn! And it seems to be true. She sure does love life...Let me tell you how she has touched and changed my life. each of my kids are such gifts from God and so different. From the time I first saw her at the beginning of her life she stole my heart. We always enjoyed a Dawn sandwich in which her mother and I would hug her at the same time. I loved reading to her and singing to her when she was little. She brightened my life and made being a pastor as well as Army Chaplain easier. We loved it when she was home with us and getting to have her live with us in Hawaii was so good. But she couldn't do cold Ohio and so she moved south where she fell in love with Mike. She was the best daughter a dad could have and we are blessed as a family to get to spend what could be her last few days on this side of eternity with her. God is good and the prayers of the many sustain us. God is sovereign and He is so good. I see God's grace in her and it has been good these last few days while she has been in the coma to read to her, sing to her and love on her. Enjoy the people you love, seek God and know that each of us like Dawn has a God purpose to be discovered. She found hers and it made a difference in the life of her family. We'll be sharing more as a family with all in the next couple of days. But, I want Dawn to know on this blog that she made a difference in the life of all in her family and she made a difference in me.

Anonymous said...

Dawn, you have taught me so much about living life well. You understand the importance of opening up to others, you think of others, you strive to influence others for their good, and you fight battles with true gusto. I'm going to try to do the same.

I will always have a tender spot in my heart called "Dawn".

Melinda

Anonymous said...

My conversations with Dawn have always started revolving around work, since that's our connection. But, whether long or short, they generally ended on a note having nothing to do with work at all. For those who've not met her, she's got a personality and nature that sends smiles through the phone lines or embedded in emails. After her diagnosis we talked and she joked about it a bunch. Then she remarked that people often looked at her like she was nuts for the things she'd say. That is how she coped then and was able to focus. I think she'd probably make a mini-joke or say something to make people smile now, if she could. Her disposition and lesson in coping then, and throughout, has been invaluable to me and should be an inspiration to many, no matter what the illness.
Dawn, if your goal in life is to make the world a better place for having taken your laps on the track, you totally win. Just look at all the people you've touched. ~Kari

Anonymous said...

Dawn,
My laundry is piling up and the kids are eating fast food. I have been unable to tear myself away from this computer hoping for some news. I am a fellow CML'er following your journey and having my heart break along with your friends and family. How brave you were to share your journey with us all. You have made such an impact on myself and family realizing that you should never take anything for granted. Life is such a gift and we should be so thankful every waking moment. I am not giving up on you and will continue to monitor your status.
prayers from GA

Anonymous said...

Dawn, I was led to your site by mamawarrior on the LLS site. I am so touched by your bravery on this journey. You are such a beautiful soul. You know that our lives are not measured by how much we love, but by how much we are loved by others. Your life is a true testament to that. From a stranger, I have found such inspiration. Your husband is incredibly devoted and that speaks to your love for eachother. You will never know how many lives you have touched,as there is a ripple effect; you inspire one, they inspire another and so on and so forth. May your journey be peaceful, no matter where it leads and may love beyond understanding be your reward for a life well lived. Judy(julindy122@gmail.com)

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn.
No, we never met, but I feel like we have known eachother for years. I have visited this site numerous times and got up the courage to post here a few days ago. I too have CML - I was dx'd Jan. 11, 2007 and have been on Gleevec ever since. Your story has reminded me about how precious life is - every day, every moment with my family, my kids, my friends... I will never take it for granted again and as such, I will see the good in every day. Your pictures always show you smiling and that is truly inspirational - we all need to smile more!! So, Dawn, you have touched my life, and so many others - you probably can't even wrap your arms around how much you have touched all of us.

I have been involved in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk since I was dx'd as well as volunteering as a first connection and at LLS's office. This year, Dawn, I will fundraise for LLS even more aggressively as we really need to find a cure for this dreaded disease. I hope for a miracle for you.
Sending lots of love and hope.
Alexandra
alco99@verizon.net

Anonymous said...

Dear Dawn, you have touched our lives since the first time i saw you at Steves graduation from Asbury College .When i looked into those big eyes i fell in love with you, and nothing has happened since to change my mind.You have been an awesome granddaughter that anyone would be proud to have, God willing we will have more time together, but only He knows what lies ahead.We will pray till the end. This blog has been our information center, and people all over the world have been touched by it. I know Mike is an awesome person or you would not have fallen in love with him,and i thank him from the bottom of my heart for being there for you.All who know you have been blessed by your loving smile. You are in the Lords hands and He will take care of you. My heart is heavy for you all. The team of doctors and nurses have done all they can do, and i thank them for their loving care. I DO NOT THINK ANYONE COULD HAVE DONE BETTER.God bless them, maybe they learned something from caring for you that can help someone else. Thank all who have written on this blog to my granddaughter and prayed for her.Her family certainly appreciates the comforting thoughts and prayers..Grandma Green

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Sara said...

Dawn I'm praying for you. You were always super sweet to me at asbury, I wish I'd known sooner about this. Dawn's family, Praying for you as well.
We serve a great God!

Sara Helpap
Anointed call VP

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn!
Dawn and I were both media majors at Asbury College together. Dawn, you have the most fantastic smile and such a great attitude. I can see from looking at your pictures that both of those things haven't changed a bit! I loved my years in Corbit Hall with you, and I feel so blessed to know such a talented and warm hearted woman.

Much love and many prayers!
Shannon (Rogers) Gott

Heather M said...

Thank you Dawn - You have always been in my heart and best memories although we lost touch when we went off to college. I remember going to your house after school as often as I went to my own our senior year. There was that horseback riding adventure that left us on our bellies on the living room floor. It was so painful to do anything, including laugh. And yet we did. We laughed, and our butts hurt, and the more our butts hurt the more we laughed. We were both red-faced and teary-eyed before we wore ourselves out. I haven’t laughed that hard since.
I know that everyone who has spent even 5 minutes with you is all the better for it. Dad is right - everyone loves you - proof is in the comments posted. I am eternally grateful for your friendship, and am so proud that you have touched so many people’s lives. If we could all do as much good in our lives as you have done so far in yours, the possibilities are endless. I love you and know that if anyone can beat this it is you.

Anonymous said...

I remember when Dawn first got admitted to 8West for chemotherapy. She was so weak, yet she always smiled when you came in the room. We "adopted" her mom as our own family and loved to hug on her when she came to visit Dawn. As one of her nurses, I was always in awe of how much she went through and that she NEVER complained. We as nurses have the honor of taking care of some of the most wonderful people in the world and I can honeslty say Dawn is one of my very favorite patients. I know my colleagues would agree. I remember just before her transplant walking into her room to give her chemo. She had this really neat sound system hooked up and it was playing U2. I remember thinking how "cool" she was. I still have hope that things could turn around but I also would understand if God needed another angel in heaven. She surely fits the description of an angel and I'm thankful I was able to take care of her.

Anonymous said...

To Dawn, Mike and Family,
Hi Dawn, my name is Sarah...I was a traveling nurse in the DDICU and took care of you a few times (I was the one who lived in hawaii). You may remember me, you may not. But I will remember you always. Your strength and fortitude since the beginning of this journey have absolutely amazed me. After reading your blog for the first time, I actually posted a link to it on my blog because I wanted the people closest to me to know your story, to be aware, to help in some way. I am so grateful to have met you and you are in my prayers...now more than ever.
Mike,
Your unconditional love and support has brought tears to my eyes on so many occasions. You and Dawn have such an amazing bond. I hope that regardless of the outcome, there is peace in your heart knowing that you were at Dawn's side every step of the way.
Sarah

Sharon Cleland said...

Mike,mom,dad and brothers, It has been my great pleasure to know Dawn and her family. She continues to be on mine and my family's prayer list and she has touched my life like no other. I will continue to spread the word about you sweet Dawn and encourage others to donate and lets find a cure for leukemia. My heart and prayers go out to you all. Sharon Cleland, CA/DDICU.

Anonymous said...

Dawn,
It will be a sad day to not have you to inspire all of us.

Not only did I join the race for the cure with LLS, I joined the bone registry. I can't tell you enough how much strenght you've given me mentally.

Dawn always said I ws crazy to run, but when I told her about the vone registry and that it was free and I joined for her she said " You are my hero." I'm sure she would say the same to all of you who have joined.

Mike, you are amazing, are a very special man. You deserve all the praise for being there for her. I hope you know that we are here for you.

Nelson family, my prayers are with you and I hope that God shows all of us Dawn's purpose. I hope that God's peace and love surround you at this time.

Lalauren

Anonymous said...

Hey Dawn, as i sit here and read all these loving comments from all these different people, i'm trying to find the right words to say. I just find it hard to think that anything i could say would reflect how i feel about you. You've been there for me, for my entire life. Your influence has changed me forever. Through our childhood i suppose we didnt always have the greatest brother-sister relationship, but you have always been a great influence on me. Growing up, it never really hit me how beautiful your smile was. To see how you, your strength and your smiles have touched so many people has really helped me make it through the past couple weeks. You've always been my big-little sister...I know you hated it but it always made me smile. If those people could have seen the strength and determination that everyone has come to see through this blog and through your fight, they never would have made that mistake. You will always be my BIG sister. I love you very much please keep fighting.

Your little brother,
Steve Nelson

Anonymous said...

Hey Dawn, this is your 32 year old uncle, Dan. This is extremely hard to do but if your dad can do it I can. I am praying for you and will never stop. We grew up together kid, and you were like a sister to me. I will never forget making that stupid outhouse into a playhouse. I know we didnt stay in touch much as we grew older and I will always regret that. I will always be sorry for the times that I didn't want you or your brothers invading my room. You can invade any time you want. In fact I pray that you do. I love you.

Michael said...

I am almost in tears as I write this. It can be frustrating trying to understand why this could happen to such a beautiful individual. Dawn Nelson and I were friends in college. I actually got her on one of her first ABC sports event in Salt Lake City Utah. We skipped classes and went together. She continued to work in Remote television with me and then started getting involved with ABC sports a great deal. Dawn not only is talented and very smart, but she is a fun person to be around. She and I have done many things together throughout the years all over the country. I actually got to introduce Dawn to Mike T. out in Hawaii when we were doing some college football out there. I am so glad God allowed this miracle to happen. It is amazing to know that he has been at her side ever since. Dawn if you do get to read these, I want you to know how much you have meant to me in my life. You have been an incredible friend and a God fearing woman. My prayers are with you.
Mikey Zylak

Kathy Bruner said...

I was one of Dawn's Asbury professors, and I was so sad to learn of her struggle just today. Dawn is a kind and compassionate woman, always smiling as I think back. She had great stories to tell of crazy predicaments she'd gotten into. Having Dawn around the table meant everyone was sure to be laughing. May the Lord bless and keep you and your family, and give all of you peace.

Anonymous said...

Dawn, Mike and Family,

I too have CML dx 8/07. I have been on Gleevec since 9/07. So far Ok.
I found your blog from the LLS board. I have read it from the beginning. Dawn you are so brave. You have gone through so much and you have a wonderful man by your side. The information you gave on your sight would be so helpful to anyone who is in that situation for a BMT.
I know I never knew you but you are so full of life and very loved. I am still praying for that miracle. God does grant them. Thank you Dawn. You have accomplished your goal of helping others.

Paul said...

Dawn, you're a great friend. It seems like I just talked to you on our annual shared-birthday call! I hope you can read this and know what a great person I think you are. I want to write more but I know you'd just think it was cheesy, so just know I'm praying for you like crazy.

Paul Mojonnier

Sarah said...

Mike and family,
I have been following Dawn's journey for quite some time now. I can think of no words right now that would be appropriate to say, only that it is very evident that Dawn's fight with leukemia has changed a lot of peoples lives. I don't know you and will probably never meet you, but I am praying for you. I am praying that Dawn will make a full and complete recovery. I have signed up to be on the donor registry in part to Dawn's story. If I can do something to help people get rid of this horrible disease, then I feel like there is no reason I should not. Thank you for taking Dawn's fight thus far and turning it into a campaign to help save others.
God Bless,
Sarah

Anonymous said...

I am one of the Hem/Onc nurses who took care of Dawn. She came to our unit when I really needed her. That may sound strange but it is true. Oncology nursing is an incredible job. We become family with so many wonderful people. We are witness to miracles. When Dawn came I had just stopped believing in miracles. My heart ached for the ones I had loved and lost. As an inpatient nurse, sometimes, I only get to share in the hard times.

When Dawn came, it was different. I started to read her blog. I saw her life outside the hospital and all these others she was reaching out to. I was totally enchanted by her smile. Who isn't??? She has such fight in her. You can feel it with Dawn. So many roadblocks and she just kept going. Fighting giants, but never afraid. She never complained. I would come in when she felt just horrible to do some harrassing, painful yet necessary thing to her and she would say "Thank you" I have been honored to know some amazing people in my nursing career. There was something about Dawn, at that time and place that changed my heart.
Since Dawn went to the ICU, I have been praying and hoping. When I heard about the FISH, I cried, like so many did.

But I STILL BELIEVE IN MIRACLES!!! No matter what happens Dawn's life is a MIRACLE. She touched so many people. She changed so many lives. Through this blog, I think Mike and her have saved many. Cancer can't take that from you, nothing can. That is a miracle you will have forever.

Teri said...

Dawn and family and friends...I do not know you, but I know someone who does, Nurse Kristynn Mastillone. She sent me the link to your blog and I wanted to say you are in my thoughts and I wanted to add myself to those thousands of people who have visited your Blog and are now thinking healing thoughts for you.

I am a veterinary technician and have been in this field for 38 years and loss is never easy and there is no way to prepare really, or know how strong someone can be until faced with something like this and then go on to live life to the fullest measure.

The following words are from a book on grief and pet loss, but the words are soft and healing and thought you might like to read them aloud to Dawn.

And God asked the feline spirit
Are you ready to come home?
Oh, yes, quite so, replied the precious soul
And, as a cat, you know I am most able
To decide anything for myself.

Are you coming then? asked God.
Soon, replied the whiskered angel
But I must come slowly
For my human friends are troubled
For you see, they need me, quite certainly.

But don't they understand? asked God
That you'll never leave them?
That your souls are intertwined. For all eternity?
That nothing is created or destroyed?
It just is....forever and ever and ever.

Eventually they will understand,
Replied the glorious cat
For I will whisper into their hearts
That I am always with them
I just am....forever and ever and ever.

Teri and the cats of Furrydance

Branden said...

Dawn,

I am one of Will's friend in Toledo. He's been one of my greatest friends and I've been here for him the entire time with everything that's going on. You and your family are in my prayers.
Reading everything that has happened and the sadness of it all has brought me to start helping others as much as possible, and get other people to see what's going on in the world.

I really hope you can make it through this, because if anyone deserves a miracle it is you. Reading the lives that you've changed and all of the people that care for you, you have definitely changed the world.

Even if the worst is to come, I know you will be with our Lord in a better place.

You really are a great woman.

Love,
Branden

Anonymous said...

Dawn and Mike, I am another of the many touched by your chronicle. My daughter's due for an allo mud transplant the end of this month. After all that we have been through getting to this point, I was bowled over when I read Dawn had to wait for platelets because none were available - it got me to stop what I was doing and walk into the first blood drive I came across. Thank you for sharing your messages of hope and love. You are in my prayers - Marianne

Anonymous said...

I do not know Dawn personally but I was sent this blog by one of her nurses. I have joined the registry in her honor. God bless you.

Annie - Steven's mom said...

Your shining eyes, your smile, your fight and determination, your strength, the people around you and the thousands that don't even know you but who are, like me, hoping and praying so hard for you to be ok - all this has, and always will, make a difference in the way I see my life.

Through your life, Dawn, you have changed so many other lives for the better, mine and those close to me too.

You will always have a part of my heart and I will always be grateful that you brightened my life.

Thank you!
with Love and Light and a big cyberhug
Annie
Steven's mom

Anonymous said...

I've been showing Buddy the blog and how many people love his mommy and are rooting for her. He sends endless wags and licks and kisses and love.
Cam and I keep you in our hearts and thoughts.
Mandy

buckmonster said...

What a wonderful post in the midst of your pain. My husband is about to have his transplant for AML and we have been following Dawn's blog for months now. You are all really helping others by sharing your story including all the success and disappointment. Thank you for explaining how her leukemia has changed what transpired since her transplant. It is so helpful to know what decisions family may face and how to handle that with courage.

John Bruner said...

Dawn,

I’m so sorry to hear how sick you are. I just found out today. I think of you and remember all the times back at Asbury that you and Liz Morningstar would either wander into my office or camp out in the adjoining lab and hassle me. I’ll never forget how the two of you would come to my door with “that look”, which meant it was time for me to help you solve any number of unusual problems, and we’d go off and laugh lots and figure them out. I also remember, just before you graduated, when you both came by just to say that you didn’t, for once, have any problems, but just wanted to say hi. I could always count on you to make the day brighter, just as your name promises. Thanks for those times.
Please know now, as you struggle, that you are loved by many praying people.

John Bruner

Anonymous said...

I HOPE YOU DANCE LYRICS FOR DAWN
I can see Dawn dancing to this song:


I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat, but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens
Promise me that you'll give fate a fighting chance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance, I hope you dance

I hope you never fear those mountains in the distance
Never settle for the path of least resistance
Living might mean taking chances, but they're worth taking
Loving might be a mistake but it's worth making
Don't let some hell bent heart leave you bitter
When you come close to selling out, reconsider
Give the heavens above more than just a passing glance

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance
I hope you dance (time is a wheel in constant motion always)
I hope you dance (rolling us along)
I hope you dance (tell me who wants to look back on their youth and wonder)
I hope you dance (where those years have gone)

I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean.
Whenever one door closes I hope one more opens.
Promise me that you'll give faith a fighting chance.
And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance.
I hope you dance (time is wheel in constant motion always)
I hope you dance (rolling us along)
I hope you dance (tell me who wants to look back on their youthand wonder)
I hope you dance (where those years have gone)
I hope you dance

Elizabeth said...

So saddened by the most recent news of relapse. Keep fighting, stay strong. Mike, thank you for being so good to Dawn. I wish there were words to comfort you and her family. Sadly, I am at a loss with a broken heart.

Anonymous said...

Dawn, you have been an inspiration for me.

I can't donate blood or marrow because I have CML, but I made a donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society in honor of Dawn.
Denise

jared frankel said...

Hola Senorita,
You were a good friend to me when we had terrible jobs at ABC. And I will always remember the days we had shopping for random food and lunch for people we despised. You hang in there and be strong.

Your Friend
Jared Frankel

Matt said...

Dawn,

I have CML too (we were actually diagnosed within a month of each other) and it was such an inspiration to see you face your challenges with courage and a smile. You never gave up no matter how many times you got knocked back down. I only hope that if someday I'm in the same situation as you that I have the strength to handle it with the same grace and humor.

I've been so touched watching the people around you (through Mike) show how much they care for and love you.

I wish that you could feel the weight of all the hearts that ache for you every day. We're all with you, hoping for a positive outcome, hoping you can feel how much you mean to us all.

Matt & Wendy

Anonymous said...

Dawn,
I've been following your blog through the LLS website. I don't have leukemnia, but lymphoma. I've been on the LLS website for 3-1/2 years and there have been some amazing people on there, and you are certainly one of them.

Your comments say it all, Dawn. You've touched the lives of so many people and in so many ways. Your work on getting people to donate blood and bone marrow could save countless people - sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, grandparents. The possibilities are endless. I want to thank you from my heart.

And Mike, you are amazing!

My thoughts and prayers are with you both, along with your families.

- Jeri

Resham said...

Hi Dawn. We've never met, but I'm Maria's (Steve's girlfriend) little sister. When she first told me what you and your family were going through, I thought it was sad but didn't understand the depth of the circumstances until I started reading your blog a few days ago. Your strength throughout everything amazes and inspires me; your selfless choice to share the ups and downs of treatment with the whole world makes me wish there were more people like you who would use their experiences, however difficult they may be, to reach out to others. Although I don't personally know you, you are a part of our family, and we are thinking about you every day and sending love and positive thoughts your way. Keep fighting, and know that no matter what happens, you are loved.

anna claire said...

Hi, I found your site on a friend's Carepage, and couldn't stop reading once I started. I'm the mom of a 15-month-old born with several congenital heart defects, but I'm only 25 myself. Thankfully she's doing very well now after several open-heart surgeries and numerous other procedures, and she's a continuous blessing. Your site really touched me, and I'll keep you in my prayers. God has performed a lot of miracles in our lives, and I pray He will do so in yours!
-Anna Claire Varnado
www.carepages.com/MarinAveryVarnado

Anonymous said...

To Dawn, Mike and family,
Every morning, the first thing I try to do is to go to your blog to see how you are doing, Dawn. At night before bed, the same. You all are constantly on my heart and I pray that the Lord will work a miracle here.
I see how much love is being expressed here. Please know that so many of us care and through this blog, we are standing firm for you in prayer and support.
I have CML and I will rejoice for the day that there is a cure.
Leslie F.

headleyaj said...

Dawn, This is the second time I have tried to write this. I couldnt get through the first one. I love you my friend. Everytime I look back on college, most of my good times involve you paul and ryan. You really made school bearable. I had often over the last several years asked paul how you were doing and was glad we connected a bit on facebook last year. I am praying for you like crazy, even if it is just random incoherent mumbling in my head. And Mike, I am praying for you and for Dawn's family as well. I know we havent meant but obviously you know how special and amazing Dawn is. Thank you for updating this so thoroughly and letting those of us that arent as close as we would like to stay connected.

Jon

Kashmir said...

Dear Ones,
Through Dawn, you, Mike, and dear Steve and family, I have learned the true meaning of unconditional love, dedications, inner strength, and unshakable faith.
Through her pain and suffering, Dawn is raising our awareness and showing so many of us, what is most important in our lives.
Praying that God keeps her in HIS heart, as she is in ours.
Know that you are are all part of our family here in Honolulu.
With much aloha,
k

Anonymous said...

I sit here with tears streaming down my face as I try to put into words what your friendship has meant to me. You have a light and a spirit that is so beautiful. I have so many good memories or you from our ABC days and beyond. I am praying for you and thinking about you every day. Thank you for being you and being an inspiration for me, everyone you have met and all of the people that have not yet had the pleasure of meeting.

Mike, you have also been an amazing inspiration for all that you have done and are doing for Dawn. I know that this is an incredibly hard time for and I am here for you if you need anything. Thank you for continuing to tell Dawn's story.

I love both of you from the bottom of my heart and pray for the both of you daily.

Tiffany

Anonymous said...

Dear Dawn, Mike and Family, I don't know Dawn, but I went to Battery Creek Hs with Mike and Felicia Murry who shared Dawn's blog site me, your story is more than inspiring I just don't have the wordsto express what I felt when reading your daily blogs, I was so touched I have shared your story with the gals at work who have all been touched by your story. A good friend of my lost her husband to AML 2 years ago on Monday Jan 12th. Since meetin her and hearing her story I have become involved with the LLS as a volunteer and have been touched my soo many amazing people. The reason for me writing this is to let know you all know that we here in Everett Washington areso touch by you and your bravery that we are going to put together a bone marrow Drive in your honor.
Thank you for being willing to shareyour story, thathas insoired so many and motivated us to do something so important.
You are in my prayers everyday and I will keep you updated on the progress of the marrow drive.

God Bless you Dawn

Dawn from Seattle

Merideth said...

I have never met Dawn unfortunately. I stumbled upon this blog quite randomly actually, but once here I kept coming back. I never met her, and yes I know her only through the computer, but the more I read, and the more I learned about her the more I felt her spirit leak out of my computer screen and into my soul. Just looking at her radiant smile in the face of such adversity was a blessing. My chief regret besides not meeting Dawn is that I have a pre-existing condition that prevents me from being a marrow donor and donating blood. Talk about feeling helpless. The way that Dawn has changed my life is through her incredible smile and her courageous spirit. I can only pray that if one day I am in her shoes, that I can show even half the bravery, spunk, and fight that she has shown. Dawn is truly an inspiring person and I really hope that she gets to realize what a difference she has made in her life. No matter what, she will always be in the hearts of those whose lives she has enhanced. Incredible love is being sent to Dawn, her family, and Mike and even to her Buddy. ♥ ♥ ♥

Anonymous said...

I am a student at the ART and I pass by your room everyday. I was initially interested when you were on the heme/onc floor and had pictures outside your door and a sign that said "goshdawnit.com". The pictures are beautiful and you look so happy. I was also impressed that your fiancee took care of you everyday. You're 28 years old, young, engaged, with a whole life ahead of you... I can't help but feel sad. I saw you got worse, and it creates pangs in my heart. I'd give you my life if I can. You deserve it. To your loved ones... "Hold onto life even if it's easier to let go. Hold onto my hand even when I have gone far away from you."

Anonymous said...

I am a student at the ART and I pass by your room everyday. I was initially interested when you were on the heme/onc floor and had pictures outside your door and a sign that said "goshdawnit.com". The pictures are beautiful and you look so happy. I was also impressed that your fiancee took care of you everyday. You're 28 years old, young, engaged, with a whole life ahead of you... I can't help but feel sad. I saw you got worse, and it creates pangs in my heart. I'd give you my life if I can. You deserve it. To your loved ones... "Hold onto life even if it's easier to let go. Hold onto my hand even when I have gone far away from you."

Anonymous said...

We love you guys and we miss you we are always praying for you and even though im on the other side of the country im here for you guys call me anytime

Love Always
Ben Joe And Sue Dietz

Anonymous said...

I don't even know what to say right now. Dawn was my roommate in college for four years, and I'm just now finding out about this. We shared so many memories and laughs at Asbury and she was the perfect roommate in every way. Such a kind, generous person. I remember when we slept together in the same twin bed after watching a scary movie late at night. I remember making extreme sport-themed collages together all over our dorm room walls.
Needless to say, Dawn's condition comes as an absolute shock to me. I feel badly that the last time I talked to her was when I got engaged last March, probably right before she got diagnosed. We were very close in college, but didn't keep in as good of touch when she moved around the country after graduation and I stayed in Lexington. Dawn, please know that I will be praying for you all the time now; my heart breaks for you. I just finished looking at your picture slideshow as I sit here at work this morning, and I can't stop the tears. I know that whatever happens is in God's will, but things like this are so hard to understand. I have always looked up to you for your brave, gentle spirit. You were always full of life, always full of dreams, and your enthusiasm was contagious.
Know that many love and prayers are going out to you from Lexington, as I am spreading your story.
Much love,
your former roomie Esther

Anonymous said...

Dawn,
We've only met once at a wedding. You totally had to save the day becuase I left the grooms ring! Everyone was praying while you were running back into the house to grab the ring and slip it to me before the Amen. It was crazy! You impressed me at the time. I couldn't help but like you and totally approve of you for Mike (like I had any say)...As I've read and followed your testimony of courage I couldn't help but love you. I only hope that I can be half as strong, as courageous, as amazing as you are. I want to be just like you when I grow up :)...Thank you for sharing with us. You've touched so many. I love you both and I'm praying for all of you.

Love,
Jessica from P.C.

revmiracle said...

I am a friend and colleague of her Dad. Though I never met Dawn, she has touched ny life through the love Steve has for her and the way Steve and Cindy have cared for her these past months. May the Lord Bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you. Thank you for blessing me with this blog, your courageous fight and generous spirit.

Rev. Loran Miracle

Michelle said...

Dawn and Family,
I can't believe I am just finding out about this. Just a couple weeks ago I was looking through old pictures from Asbury and thinking how quickly time flies. I had so much fun living with you and Esther and everyone that year. You were always so open minded and kind hearted :) I am blessed to have known you!! I want you all to know that I will be praying for you during this difficult time! My young 12 year old cousin was diagnosed with leukemia in July 2006 (AML) at that time I joined the national bone marrow registry and since then have given blood as often as I can. I will continue to pray that others do the same!
with love,
Michelle(Franklin)Plymire and family

PB said...

As I write, with tears in my eyes, I feel deep pain. I just reviewed the multitude of emails that Dawn and I have shared through our work at GTT. And, one prevailing thought came to me...
Dawn Nelson was the "feeler" in the Go To Team office.
We actually hired Dawn because we needed a production coordinator that brought the balance of heart and caring for other people. Frequently, I would stand in her doorway and ask "What does the feeler think?"
She is specifically who would be reading these amazing posts by each of you and with tears in her eyes, tell us about it.
Everyday we miss your bright smile Dawn.

Anonymous said...

Dear Dawn, Mike, Steve & Christy, Our prayers continue to be sent for you all! It may be cold here in Ohio, but our hearts are warm with love and prayers, strength and comfort, and peace that issent to you. May God watch over you all and especially you, Dawn. In Christian Love, Wid and Judie

Anonymous said...

Ruth and Dale Hunter pray for your recovery and healing by our Heavenly Father. We are inlaws of Abby Lytle Hunter.

Tom said...

Dawn and Family:

We've never met before - but I'm a cancer survivor and know what you and your family are going through.

I'm also the current chairman of the global leadership cabinet for an organization called "I'm Too Young For This!". We specifically aim to improving the quality of life for cancer patients and survivors. When Dawn rebounds, I'd love to have her meet some other survivors in the area. I have all the confidence in the world that she will pull through this.

Please check out our website at www.imtooyoungforthis.org to find the closest regional leader to you guys.

All the best,

Tom Murdock
tmurdock@i2y.com

T time said...

Sweet little sister – I’ve looked at this, probably 20 times, since yesterday. I was adamant not to post anything. Truthfully, I stared at the blank box and I just couldn’t figure out quite what to say. (I know what you’re thinking, usually you can’t shut “T” up.) I couldn’t remember when we met or the last time I saw you. I just always remember you being here. I did recall a call from Mike in March and then talking to you, with your positive way, as you told me about being diagnosed. However, posting just that seemed, somehow, dishonorable. Well, this morning I was in the car still adamant…when John Mayer’s “say what you need to say” came on the radio. It was a sign. There I am, driving down the toll road, tears flowing. I want you to know I wasn’t crying for you, but in amazement of this journey you are on.

Harriett, Ingrid, Tiffany and I have all been talking about you, but I’m not going to speak for them. I’m going to be selfish here. You are a true, tried and trusted friend. I could tell stories about the belly dancing, being nice to Mike because of you (just kidding, I really like him), days when you laid on the couch in the office watching golfers in funny pants and hats trying to whack away at the silly little ball. Both of us chanting, “JUST HIT THE BALL ALREADY!”, knowing full well that would bring us one step closer to the end of the workday. Then you moved on to another job and yet another and we managed to stay friends, family really, in a way that hasn’t been maintained with too many others. I’ll keep the rest of the stories to myself, for now, so that we can share and laugh again.

I’m not a candidate to give blood or marrow. So I figured, I’ll support Lauren, in the run that she is doing in your honor, with the minimal of the funds that I would have used to join the donor bank. Wouldn’t it be great if everyone could help her surpass her goal?

In the past few days some people have said that I’m in denial about what’s going on with you. I am not. I understand the complexity of your situation. I have spoken with all my doctor friends, done research on transplants and the like…but I do believe in your fighting sprit. I know God has kept you here for a reason. I ask HIM daily to make you whole again, in whatever way HE desires. To be honest, I am a little jealous. You started tracking your path, even before I met you, in the kind of person that you are. You have been able to do what most people don’t do in a lifetime…You have people from all over the world understanding what true love and caring is. I hope that Mike and your family are reading all these post to you, so that you can know how much you are loved. I hope you know that I support you 100% as you continue on this journey.

Mike, I can’t find the words to describe what I think of you…I’ll leave it at “you are more man, than many women have in a husband”. God has you on this journey with Dawn for a reason. You know if you ever need anything, I’m here for you.

Nelson Family - we’ve never met, but I feel that I know the essence of you because your daughter, your sister, is a phenomenal and dignified human being, who I treasure.

Tannis

Anonymous said...

Dawn, this is Abby (Lytle) Hunter...I just heard your story from Esther, and I'm sending up a lot of prayers for you today. I just want you to know that you have such a sweet spirit, and I honestly can't remember what you look like WITHOUT a smile! There are sooooooo many people thinking about you and praying for you...and I noticed your name is all over facebook! I hope you feel the love. :) Lots of love and prayers, Abby

Cam Curry said...

Dawn- Even though we don't know each other you have inspired me to become a donor. You are a very inspiring person.
BTW... Buddy is doing great and it has been a joy having him around. He is a breathe of fresh air. He is welcome in our home any time.

Tiffany said...

Hi Dawn and Mike. I've been following your blog for only a few weeks now but have been inspired by you. I am a Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, stage 4, survivor and have been in remission about 2 years now. Like you, I was diagnosed as a young adult, I was 26. I also have a furry baby like you do...mine is named Sadie and is a Boxer-we actually got her for my remission and I swear that somehow, the dogs comfort us in the most needed times. My husband donates blood since I cannot and I continue to send emails to friends and family to let them know the imporatance of donating blood and joining the marrow registry. There is a lady in my office who is currently a match for someone and going to be donating her stem cells in the next week! Just know that you have touched other lives, even though I've never posted a comment before, you've touched me.

Anonymous said...

Dear Dawn, Mike, Christy, Steve, Will and Steve,

We lifted up Dawn and all the Nelsons in our Bible Study today -(Christy- our small group isn't the same without you there!!).
We prayed for God's will - for we know He has a plan.

I just opened my text message from Pastor Steve saying that Dawn will be with our Heavenly Father soon. My heart cries for all of you - but I know I should be rejoycing since Dawn will be in eternal salvation.

I'm with all of you in prayer - and I am so blessed to belong to our small church family.

Lynne McDonald

Ruthann said...

I know that God is holding you tonight and that there is no more tears and no more pain... I will always remember the Kresge dorm days and what a good friend you were. -Ruthann

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry for your tragic loss. I do not know this family, but I have been on an emotional roller coaster with you. Dawn has been in my prayers for a while. One of her nurses, Sarah Hale, is my best friend. She has been keeping me updated not only on Dawn's status, but also on the incredible strength of your whole family. I can't begin to imagine what you are going through; however, I have an Aunt who was just diagnosed with breast cancer that spread throughout her body. It has been a very scary road. It is for people like Dawn and my Aunt that I am a regular donor to the American Red Cross. Thanks to Dawn's story, I am going to look into marrow donation. May God be with you all. Please realize what an inspiration her life and struggle has been for so many people. Sincerely,
Caryn A.

Anonymous said...

Hi Mike & family,
I knew Dawn well for a few years while at Asbury. My last semester I was her apartmentmate. Dawn was so special, so fun, so full of life and so unique. My heart aches for you. I regret not keeping in better touch with her after I left Asbury. I have so many fond memories of Dawn, as I know everyone does. Next week, I will scan some old photos of the Dawn I knew and send to you.
Please know that because of yours and Dawn's request, I have updated my bone marrow registration and am taking my O- husband and O+ self to give blood on Saturday.
Wonderful job, Mike, on the blog. My thoughts and prayers are with you and her family.

- Joy (Sirmon) Watkins

Anonymous said...

Dawn,
I am honored to know you. I know that you are a true influence in my dear friend Melyssa's life. This blog is an honest testament to your courage, love, spirit and dedication to helping others.
May you rest in peace knowing the thumbprint you have left on so many lives truly made the world a better place.
You and your family will be in our prayers.
Rachelle

Anonymous said...

Our son Jeremy was two doors away from Dawn on 5 West. Jeremy Hoeger lost his battle with leukemia on Dec. 8th. Although we never met Dawn, we kept up on the blogs and prayed everyday she would get better, and not be taken HOME. However, we know Jeremy was waiting to greet her when she stepped in the gates of Heaven. What a blessing to know we have 2 beautiful new Angels in Heaven. We will certainly donate to the marathon. God Bless you for sharing Dawn with us.
Lots of Love
Mark and Donna Hoeger

Anonymous said...

Steve and Christie,

I wanted to let you know how sorry we were to hear of your loss.

Jon Bartmas JBARTMAS#@aol.com
Becky Bartmas BBARTMAS@aol.com

Anonymous said...

Although I cannot become a donor because I also have CML, I have spread the word and two people I know have signed up to be on the donor list, with three more contemplating joining. Dawn, you have inspired us all. I am so sorry for everything you went through and hope you are at peace now.

Madi said...

Hey cousin Mike,
It's Madi(Nation)I just wanted to tell you that I am so sorry about what happened in January. Know that everyone here in Amarillo loves you.
Lots of love and support,
Madi

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn whereever you are I just wanted to say I signed up today to donate BM and I hope someone out there can be a match and use my donation.
Thanks for inspiring me.

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