“I love to cook great food for friends, such as Jurgen. I traded recipes with him for leg of lamb, which is one of his favorite dishes. But, he worried about not tasting it due to his damaged tastebuds from the chemotherapy.
I met Jurgen via Facebook, and learned how he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Many people do not survive AML, and Singapore--where he lives--isn't the best place for treatment for something so lethal. So, Jurgen left his family in Singapore and moved to the UK to challenge his death sentence alone, without the support from his loved ones.
I wrote an open appeal to my friends on Facebook, to create a virtual support group for Jurgen. Jurgen's personal diary was displayed, showing every excruciating step of his battle: the multiple rounds of chemo, the painful bone marrow transplant, the sickening medications, the gut-wrenching suppression of his immune system, sleepless nights and several near death experiences. My network of Facebook friends responded with support and advice, based on personal experience, on how to mitigate the downsides.
Then, I got the news. Jurgen was in 100% remission! The treatments were working. Soon I will use Facebook to organize a leg of lamb dinner for my new friend, using his recipe, of course.”