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Blog: I Lost My Wife To A Rare Disease. This Is How It Changed Me

Merlyn always believed in “sharing our blessings”. After she was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, she signed up as an organ donor and inspired me to enroll as well.

Merlyn always believed in “sharing our blessings”. After she was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, she signed up as an organ donor and inspired me to enroll as well.

My wife Merlyn Joseph was a positive person. She would never sit and grieve when faced with trouble. She knew how to laugh when in pain. After she was diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia, we were initially shattered. It took us a while to even understand and accept what was going on. It was Merlyn’s strength that took us through.

“Why me?” was a question that was bothering her initially, but she transformed herself and started questioning “Why anyone?”

Even during her weekly treatments, she would bring cookies and chocolates for fellow patients. She started appreciating the beauty of tiny things. She was 32 when we lost her in 2016. Being the youngest patient in the hospital, everyone remembers her as a young lady with a beautiful smile.

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– John Navin

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