Tag Archives: Kaiser Permanente

Living with Leukemia

It’s been many weeks since we provided an update on Deb’s health and her battle with acute myeloid leukemia, one of the most challenging and low survival rate cancers.  For the past weeks, we have been waiting for results from … Continue reading

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Revisiting the Hospital

One thing Deb really hoped to avoid was going back into the hospital.  For the past 7 weeks at home, Andy and I have done everything we could to keep that from happening.  We’ve made sure that Deb receives all … Continue reading

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Riding the Waves

Deb has been out of the hospital for a month now, and I know an update is long overdue.  Deb was extremely weak when she came home, and is still struggling to do basic things like walk up stairs alone.  … Continue reading

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No Longer in ICU

Deb was released from ICU last week and moved back up to her regular floor of the hospital.  The care in ICU was excellent, but it is comforting to be back where we know all the wonderful nurses so well.  … Continue reading

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ICU Update

It’s been a tough week for Deb — and Andy and me too.  Saturday morning Deb’s breathing tube was removed and she is completely off the ventilator and breathing on her own.  However she is still experiencing labored breathing and … Continue reading

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Making Progress

Last night the doctor lowered the sedation level for Deb, and she became fully awake and alert and communicated with us by writing questions.  This morning they did a spontaneous breathing trial by turning the ventilator off and allowing Deb … Continue reading

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Deb Moved to ICU

Deb has been having difficulty breathing for some time, and edema (swelling) in her lower legs, feet and abdomen.  A CT scan of her chest was done yesterday afternoon looking for a cause for her breathing difficulty, and the results … Continue reading

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Challenging Times

Deb’s chemo treatments were from Jan. 7-11.  The side effects set in the second week, and she continues to deal with other challenging issues – breathing difficulties, coughing, fever, and low blood counts with frequent platelet and red cell transfusions.  … Continue reading

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The Next Steps

As you know, Deb has been in Kaiser Permanente Terra Linda hospital recovering from respiratory problems – wheezing, difficulty breathing, and coughing.  She has had three chest x-rays and two CT scans.  The most recent CT scan showed a sinus … Continue reading

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Rivers of Hope

I am posting this lighthearted, healthy photo of me, as I fully aim to be healthy and cured of cancer forever! I encourage you to think of me this way – thank you. Unfortunately, my road to the cure for … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Healing – Biopsy Results

Dear Friends, As you know we’ve been waiting for news on my bone marrow biopsy which was done twice because of inconclusive test results. Unfortunately, on Tuesday the Stanford doctor told me he is 99.5% sure that my condition is … Continue reading

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A Setback

Hi everyone, this is Mary Lou, Deb’s Mom.  Deb had been recovering well from her stem cell transplant (March 19), with only minor issues over the past few months.  By September she felt like she was getting more energy back.  … Continue reading

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What a Difference a Year Makes!

It was one year ago today, on October 17, 2013 when I got a call that changed my life forever. Dr. Lori Kim, an amazing Oncologist from Kaiser Permanente called me at 11:30 AM to let me know that the … Continue reading

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Adjusting and Watching the Blood Counts

Some people watch the stock market, examining each up and down and analyzing what it means.  I watch my blood counts… During my last visit to the Stanford Clinic, Dr. Lowsky said that I don’t need to have any more … Continue reading

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Reflections on Our Stay in Stanford

Hi everyone, this is Mary Lou, Deb’s Mom.  I haven’t written in a while since Deb has been feeling better and able to write her own blogs.  The updates that Deb writes appear under the “Deb’s Blog” tab, so be … Continue reading

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Riding Out the Storm

I’m honored that the Marin County newspaper the Pacific Sun published a cover story this week on my recovery from leukemia and my environmental and health career since the 90’s — improving walking and bicycling in Marin and nationwide. You … Continue reading

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Three Thumbs Up!

I heard the absolutely best news ever on Wednesday, June 18 – which was exactly eight months after I was admitted to Kaiser Permanente to start chemo for acute myeloid leukemia. My Stanford doctor, Robert Lowsky, MD, met with my … Continue reading

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Milestone Day — Bone marrow biopsy and catheter removal!

I must say that my daughter Deb is a very brave gal.  I was queasy just watching her procedures yesterday, but she handled everything amazingly well.  Even with morphine, ativan and lidocaine, there was still pain.  Luckily Deb has a … Continue reading

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Going Home Soon!

Good news! The plan is that I’m moving home soon! I left Marin on March 9 to come to Stanford Hospital to have my bone marrow transplant (BMT) and to be cured of AML forever. I was discharged on April … Continue reading

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BENEFIT TO HELP DEB HUBSMITH HEAL FROM LEUKEMIA FRIDAY, MAY 16, 8 pm – 2 am 15 Bands, 3 Venues, one price of $20: DOWNTOWN FAIRFAX

Dear Friends, Being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia last fall was a huge shock. I never thought I’d get cancer. But there I was, on October 17, facing down a serious blood cancer diagnosis. Soon, the reality set in that … Continue reading

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