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Fairport woman in the running for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society "Woman of the Year"
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Fairport woman in the running for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society "Woman of the Year"

Kathryn Pelkey knows what it’s like to have a sick mom, and she doesn’t want anyone else to go through the same experience.

When Kathryn was just 10 years old, her mother, Mary Beth, was diagnosed with stage four non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Mary Beth was treated and went into remission. The family thought they had dodged a bullet until the disease returned aggressively in 2005.

“I thought we beat it,” said Mary Beth. “When we found out it came back, I didn’t have much time to play with.”

She was immediately underwent chemotherapy treatment and was admitted to the hospital for the next several months while her children tried to live normal lives at home.

Those months, Kathryn says, were the most difficult of her life.

“When she was in the hospital, that was the hardest,” said Kathryn. “I just remember it was cold — it felt empty.”

She was a sophomore at Fairport High School at the time while she and her four younger siblings relied on family and friends to fill their mother’s role temporarily.

Together they would visit her in the hospital to cheer her up by bringing her food from Tom Wahl’s and talking about their days, but Kathryn says it just wasn’t the same.

“It was hard to go from having an involved mom to balancing everything without her.”

Courtesy: Fairport-ERPost.com, to read the rest of this story, click here.

 

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