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Thalassemia: The Hard Facts
My Roots and My New Country
Getting Married and Growing Up Fast
Isabella’s Diagnosis
The Hospital; Our Second Home
Vancouver, Here We Come
The Question
Tea Time and Desferal—Our Rituals
Lending a Helping Hand
Growth Hormone Therapy
Japan and Hawaii
Unscheduled Hospital Visit
Preparing For the Inevitable
Special Visitors
Our Last Farewell
The Grieving Process
Forming a Support Group
Continuing On
My Thoughts on Thalassemia
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Isabella’s Journey: Her battle with the blood disorder, Thalassemia Major.

Isabella’s Journey: Her battle with the blood disorder, Thalassemia Major.

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Isabella Marie Sammarco (Oct. 7th, 1971 – July 29th, 1986)

Isabella was known by her family and friends for her tremendous zest and respect for life; with a sparkle in her eyes and a contagious smile, she taught those around her to appreciate their lives and to love one another.

Although she was very much aware from an early age that her life would be short, this knowledge did not stop her from living with a purpose and making each day count.

Isabella was diagnosed at eight months with Thalassemia Major – a genetic blood disorder – that required her to have regular, monthly transfusions to survive.

She fought vigorously to overcome the numerous obstacles that she encountered during her brief life, until her small body could fight no more. Isabella died two months short of her fifteenth birthday. This book is the heartfelt, truthful account of a brave soul and her dedicated family. It is a story that will touch all who read it and inspire those looking for guidance and hope.

Isabella Marie Sammarco (Oct. 7th, 1971 – July 29th, 1986)

Isabella was known by her family and friends for her tremendous zest and respect for life; with a sparkle in her eyes and a contagious smile, she taught those around her to appreciate their lives and to love one another.

Although she was very much aware from an early age that her life would be short, this knowledge did not stop her from living with a purpose and making each day count.

Isabella was diagnosed at eight months with Thalassemia Major – a genetic blood disorder – that required her to have regular, monthly transfusions to survive.

She fought vigorously to overcome the numerous obstacles that she encountered during her brief life, until her small body could fight no more. Isabella died two months short of her fifteenth birthday. This book is the heartfelt, truthful account of a brave soul and her dedicated family. It is a story that will touch all who read it and inspire those looking for guidance and hope.

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