Every week, so many of us think of the news as what we see on front pages of newspapers. But every week there are families receiving life-changing news in the privacy of a doctor’s office.
Parents and children suddenly acquire new vocabularies, words for esoteric diseases and treatments, awareness of cell counts, medications and machineries, along with sage advisers for coping with what feels like uncharted situations.
Ayelet Galena, the 2-year-old daughter of Manhattan residents Seth and Hindy Poupko Galena in whose sake a nationwide bone marrow drive was conducted following her diagnosis with a compromised immune system shortly after she was born, died on Jan. 31.
She had undergone a bone marrow transplant five months ago at Cincinnati’s Children’s Hospital.