Pregnancy is usually a time of miracles and joy. It just comes naturally. Even unexpected pregnancies evoke joy inexpectant mothers. But as reported by Fox 11, one Carson, California woman’s pregnancy has turned into one of sorrow and desperation.
Susie Rabaca, 36, has already been blessed with three children and was excited when she learned that she is expecting twins. But her excitement turned to desperation and terror when she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia, one of the most aggressive forms of the disease, a couple of months ago.
To save her life, Susie will need a bone marrow transplant. Persistent as perhaps only mothers can be, Rabaca isn’t just fighting for her life. She’s fighting for the chance to watch her children grow up, so she has taken her pleas for help to the public.
“There’s 30 million people registered on BeTheMatch.org and none of them are my match, so what I need people to do is join and they send you a kit, a little swab for your mouth, send it back, and if you’re my match it’s as simple as a blood draw and that can possibly save my life,” she told Fox 11.
Susie’s sister came close to being a match, but only has five out of 10 necessary traits matching. Susie needs someone to match all 10. Unfortunately, Susie’s mixed heritage of Latino and Caucasian is making it harder to find a match.
“In order for a blood stem cell transplant to work, you need to find a match who has similar DNA and ancestry to you,” said Julie Korinke, with Be the Match.
Susie is hoping that someone on BeTheMatch.org will be that person.
Finding my match is everything to me, so I can be here for the three children I have, and the two that I have on the way, it’s everything. It’s so easy, there’s no painful procedure, there’s no surgery it’s just swab your mouth and it’s as simple as a blood draw, and you can save somebody’s life, if not mine, somebody else’s.
Watch her story.
Susie has a solid support system and her family and her children have been very supportive, albeit as terrified as she is.
She is scheduled to give birth around December 6th, and doctors are hoping that a bone marrow transplant can be done soon after that. Please consider signing up at BeTheMatch.org if you’re interested in making a difference in someone’s life in this way.