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Cleveland fighting battle with rare disease
AMANDA from page 9
the body” Nebraska Director of Athletic
Medicine Lonnie Albers said. “In
Amanda’s case, her bone marrow facto
ry has gone on strike.”
Ideally, Cleveland needs a bone
marrow transplant It is the only cure for
But doctors have not been able to
find a suitable donor. So as a second
option, Cleveland is receiving treat
ments several times a week as needed at
the hospital and receives blood transfu
sions when necessary.
The problem with the transfusions,
Albers said, is that white blood cells
don’t survive the transfer.
Albers said doctors will know in
four weeks how effective the treatments
have been. But right now, Cleveland is
Her white blood cell count has fall
en so quickly that she must wear a mask
over her nose and mouth when she
leaves the house. Sydney Cleveland,
Amanda’s father, said that if she were
cut or bruised in just the right way, she
could bleed to death.
Cleveland’s parents have placed air
filters in their house and have kept all
rooms extremely sterile in an attempt to
reduce her exposure to germs that may
But the changes in their daughter
have been hard to deal with.
“It’s been really difficult for me
because I’m not used to seeing Amanda
sick like this,” her mother, Doris
Cleveland, said. “She can’t really do
anything for herself. Sometimes she
tries, but I make her stop because I can
tell how much it hurts her because she
just gets this pained expression on her
face. That’s really devastating to me.
“I wish I could do more. Sometimes
she hurts so much that I can’t touch her,
and all I want to do is hold her.”
Doris Cleveland takes constant care
of her daughter, helping with everything
from walking to going to the bathroom.
Often, Amanda can’t sleep because of
her constant aching muscles.
Sunday, she suffered a setback.
Cleveland contracted a virus, and her
parents had to rush her to the hospital
after she complained of chest pains and
a temperature of 105 degrees. She col
lapsed upon her arrival.
“I was doing pretty good and all of a
sudden it happened,” Cleveland said.
“Just like that
“But my doctors are nice. I get frus
trated. They say I’m doing a good job,
but I don’t feel good.”
Watching his daughter suffer has
been difficult, Sydney Cleveland said.
Last week, Amanda was unable to walk
for a brief time because of the pain in her
legs, and Sydney had to get a wheelchair
“I’ve always tried to tell her to
appreciate every day because you don’t
know what will happen the next day. You
can be doing extremely well one week,
and the next week you can be lying in
tiie bed about to die,” Sydney said.
Coping in Lincoln
Cleveland’s teammates have also
had to learn to cope with her disease.
NU Assistant Coach Dee Gibson said
the Huskers have sent her cards and
packages, and Cleveland said she tries
to talk to NU guard Monet Williams
every other day.
“Everybody loves her,” NU assis
tant coach Dee Gibson said. “She just
had an infectious personality. She was a
happy-go-lucky kid - real outspoken.”
Cleveland sometimes watches the
Huskers when they play on television,
and die wanted to travel to Waco, Texas,
when they played Baylor.
She didn’t go because she can’t be
exposed to large crowds. And often, she
said, basketball is the furthest thing from
Williams said she believes
Cleveland will be back in Lincoln next
But Cleveland isn’t concerned with
that right now.
“I don’t think too much about it any
more,” she said. “I have too marry other
things on my mind.”
But as Cleveland continues to fight
her battle with aplastic anemia, she
appreciates the support of her team
“I want to thank everyone there for
their support,” she said. “I know I will be
stronger when this is over. I know you
have to take life seriously.”
Engineering & Technology
Career Fair ‘98
I Over 75 companies from Nebraska and across the nationl
Thursday, February 5, 1998
9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Wick Alumni Center AND
Centennial Room, City Campus Union
m addition to talking with Engineering a Technology students and alums,
companies have indicated an interest in students and alums from Computer
Science, Mathematics, and science areas such as Chemistry. Biology, A Physics.
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