Monthly Archives: March 2014

Day +11 (Sunday)

Despite the pain and other side effects that Deb has suffered, the doctors and nurses continue to tell us that she is doing really well.  The side effects are to be expected, and mean that the treatments are working as … Continue reading

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Day +8 after Stem Cell Transplant

Thursday was Day +8.  Deb’s doctor had told her that this process would be tough, and he’s right, it is.  Deb had a rough night Wednesday night, not much sleep.  Her platelets were down to 6 so she had a … Continue reading

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Day +5 (Monday) – Getting through the tough period

The worst days after transplant are Day +4 to Day +14.  Side effects from the heavy doses of chemotherapy are starting to occur.  Deb is also on two medications to help prevent Graft vs Host Disease (GVHD), and these cause … Continue reading

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Dancing Leaves in my Hospital Window

On Day +2 I was moved into a private room, and on Day +3 I wrote this poem. There is a tree outside of my hospital window, Green with light dancing through its gentle leaves. I watch it against the deep … Continue reading

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Transfusion time

Deb is now at Day +3 (Saturday) and in the recovery stage, which begins after the stem cell infusion.  Her blood counts have dropped as her existing cells are dying off and her body is not yet making new cells.  … Continue reading

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Two thumbs up!

Today was an intense, emotional and wonderful day.  Deb began receiving her donor’s stem cells at 1:23 pm PDT, and the infusion lasted just under an hour.  Andy and I were present along with three of Deb’s closest friends.  We … Continue reading

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Being cured from acute myeloid leukemia

Please join me in putting energy into my intention (detailed below) for being cured from acute myeloid leukemia. On Wednesday, March 19 at about 12-Noon PDT, I will be receiving a bone marrow (stem cell) transplant at the Stanford Cancer … Continue reading

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