One dark Thursday in March 2014 dawned on one Maria, a renowned radio personality who worked in WWMX FFM. Swift diagnosis it was. No one expected such a sudden turn of events, more so her colleagues and family. She seemed okay from outside appearance. It was not possible to guess or even come close to thinking that Maria would be diagnosed with such a terminal illness which had erased man y from the face of the earth.
It was a traumatizing moment. Everyone wanted to be told that it was not true but, unfortunately, it was a reality situation that had hit on Dennis really hard. She had a family which heavily relied on her; her two kids, Ben (7) and Noah (9). She has termed them as her main source of the fighting spirit which she has portrayed in the course of her trying moment.
Maria revealed her illness in the course of a chat with her co-hosts in her hospital room. She had been absent from the airwaves for a period of three weeks and her fans had started to question her whereabouts. They were treated to the shock of their lives when the news was let loose. She said that her blood work came all over the ballpark, a situation even the doctors found it hard to elucidate. A series of tests followed which would later confirm the worst. She had a condition referred to as ALL (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia), a real shocker to her, family, and fans.
Messages of goodwill later followed. This was a show of solidarity with someone whose voice literally drove fans crazy. Messages were sent to the station in the form of texts while other fans visited the face book page of the company and left their message of good will. The tweeter hash tag that was trending then was dubbed #getwellmaria.
She was determined to get past the ailment, and be declared cancer free at least for her two kids. She did not want to imagine a world where they are all alone. She was really hopeful that she would make it past the chemotherapy sessions. Past experiences of other cancer survivors were really scaring. Maria was admitted at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer within Johns Hopkins Hospital. Maria is a fighter. Her dictionary does not have the word losing. She simply believed that her condition was just temporal despite contradicting opinions from the doctors.
She underwent her last chemotherapy on June 2014 which obliterated her immune system of any cancer cells that had been left out. Six days after the last chemo session, she would be booked into the theatre again so as to have her bone marrow transplant. She was in dire need of blood. Blood donors had to be sought, not for her alone but for others who might go through a similar occurrence like her. Leukemia was to rob the society of a very astute radio personality.