2021 promised us a better year, but on Tuesday March 23, 2021, Tim and Lori Cimeno received news that is drastically changing their lives. For Lori, a dizzy morning at work quickly accelerated to trip to Newton-Wellesley Hospital and a shocking Leukemia diagnosis. In just a few short hours, she was transferred to MGH where she underwent a bone marrow biopsy and PET scan, along with endless other tests.
In just over 24 hours, Lori was diagnosed with Philadelphia-Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (Ph+B ALL).
She immediately began a 2-week regimen of in-patient chemotherapy via picc line and spinal taps, steroid treatments, and Dasatinib. From there, Lori will continue outpatient chemotherapy for 2-3 months until she reaches deep remission. At that time, a full bone marrow transplant and one-month stay at MGH will be required, followed by several months out of work.
Many of you know that this isn't the first medical hurdle for Tim and Lori. In 2018, Lori suffered a series of strokes after delivering Lilly, and worked for many months to recover. While the two are unrelated, we know this - Lori knows how to fight!
If you know Tim or Lori, you know that there is nothing that will get in the way of them helping family, a friend, an athlete or a student in need. As Lori focuses on getting well, all efforts will be on maintaining a routine and some fun for Joey (5 1/2) and Lilly (almost 3), while helping Tim balance life, Lori's treatments, and their prolonged time away from work.
Thank you for helping push them over this next hurdle.