August 27, 2020
How to deal with a health crisis during a pandemic. The global health crisis has turned our lives upside down. Now imagine having to fight for your life in the midst of all this uncertainty.
Those with pre-existing health issues are most vulnerable not only are they most susceptible to the virus but they are also at a higher risk of not getting the care they need.
One Los Angeles man is fighting cancer and in desperate need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant. Rafee was diagnosed with leukemia.
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He and his family had been holding bone marrow donor drives before the pandemic. But after the stay home orders, they haven’t been able to hold in-person drives.
So, they moved their search virtual. Rafee, his family, and friends are holding virtual donor drives to find a bone marrow match.
Rafee and his wife, Arsineh, opened up about their struggle, how cancer has changed their life, what they’ve learned, why they need your help, and why this experience may be the best thing that has happened to them.
The courage the couple shows during these challenging times is inspirational. In fact, Rafee admits that cancer has been a good thing in his life. He says it’s thought him how to live in the moment and how to let things go. Rafee now meditates and does light Yoga as a way of staying mentally healthy and prepared for the bone marrow transplant.
For updates on Rafee’s fight — check out his Instagram account @Rafee_21
UPDATE: At last check, Rafee received a bone marrow transplant from his brother who is a partial match. The first 100 days is a critical time for a transplant recipient. He is currently in the hospital waiting to know the results of the transplant but he reports feeling better.