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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March 19 – Deb’s new birthday

March 19 is Day 0, which is often referred to as a new birthday for bone marrow transplant patients.  All that we know about Deb’s donor is that he is 32, a male, and international.  Well, I guess we do … Continue reading

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2nd Chemo Drug and Clinical Trial for GVHD

On Sunday Deb began to receive her second chemo drug, Cytoxan, which is given on Day -3 and Day -2.  This is a strong chemo drug, and Deb was feeling tired and out of it all day.  Saturday we took … Continue reading

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Day Minus 4 (Day -4)

The day Deb receives her stem cell transplant is referred to as Day Zero (Day 0).  The days prior to Day 0 are “minus” days, and these are the days when the preparative regimen is given to prepare the body … Continue reading

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Moving Day

Hi, this is Mary Lou (Deb’s Mom).  Yesterday Deb and I moved out of the hotel where we stayed for Deb’s outpatient procedures.  Deb was admitted to the hospital, and I have rented an apartment in the HOME Apartments, which … Continue reading

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We’re Here: Chemo Starts Tomorrow

After thinking for months about the day I would be admitted to the Stanford Cancer Center for my bone marrow transplant, it has finally arrived!  I feel as if I’m going on a long journey into the unknown, and I … Continue reading

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Stanford Cancer Center – Prologue

Deb and I spent Wednesday and Thursday at Stanford Cancer Center for pre-admission appointments.  Deb and Andy had been here several times already, but this was my first visit, and my first opportunity to meet Deb’s bone marrow transplant doctor, … Continue reading

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The next part of the journey begins

Hi everyone, this is Mary Lou (Deb’s Mom), and I’ll be writing most of the health updates.  We appreciate all the love and support you have given Deb so far, and know that it will continue through her bone marrow … Continue reading

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Thank You Caregivers!

Thank You Caregivers! It would be impossible for me to heal from AML without the love, support and physical help of my caregivers. My caregivers are the people who drive me to doctor appointments, cook my food, do my laundry, … Continue reading

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