Pablo Poueriet said his family goes through life one day at a time.

His wife, Jennifer, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia earlier this year that required a bone marrow transplant. One of Jennifer’s sisters, Susan, that lives in the Dominican Republic was determined to be a half-match, Poueriet said.

Poueriet said the transplant carried some risks such as permanent damage to internal organs, but noted his wife is one month into her recovery.

“She’s doing really well, but doesn’t mean anything bad is happening,” he said.

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In March, Jennifer was in the hospital for 52 days straight going through chemotherapy. She was also required to go to the doctor three times each week, according to Pablo.

The Poueriets, who have two children, have received much support from the members of the Community Church of Columbus, who helped create a bone marrow registry drive earlier this year. The effort, which drew about 120 people, was meant to help bring awareness and to help other individuals, Pablo Poueriet said.

But whether his wife’s transplant is successful remains to be seen since five years represents a successful outcome, Pablo Poueriet said.

“Recovery is going as they expect,” he said. “Nothing abnormal has developed.”

Pablo Poueriet said faith and Christians from other churches also remain helpful, describing everyone as a family of Christ and willing to help each other.

“In God’s plan, he allowed our family to go through this affliction,” he said. “Today is what we have to worry about. We go through it one day a time.”

Pablo and Jennifer Poueriet family

Pablo and Jennifer Poueriet have two children, Oliver and Lucas. They are members of Community Church of Columbus.

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