Tag Archives: Stanford Hospital

How My Life Was Saved – Nine Times

It’s been 46 days since my bone marrow transplant at Stanford Hospital, a procedure that has saved my life.  As I’ve reflected further on my journey to heal from acute myeloid leukemia over the past seven months, it’s become clear … Continue reading

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Letting Go of Fear

I show this bald photo of me now as a way of releasing fear.  I was so afraid when I was diagnosed with leukemia — Afraid of losing my hair, halting my career, chemo, and especially afraid of dying.  Fear … Continue reading

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Stem Cell or Bone Marrow Transplant – what’s the difference?

Deb is doing well.  She is now Day +38 and her energy level is better.  She is not napping as much as she was in the beginning.  Her rash from the Graft vs Host Disease (GVHD) is almost gone, but … Continue reading

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A little bump in the road

Happy Easter everyone!  It’s another lovely sunny day in Stanford.  Since we’ve been here, day after day has been beautiful and cloudless, one of the things that people love so much about California … unless, that is, you cannot be … Continue reading

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What a difference a week makes!

This is Deb’s Mom again, Mary Lou, and I am happy to say that Deb is improving a little every day.  It’s truly amazing when I think of Deb’s anonymous donor, a 32 year old man from Europe, whose blood-making … Continue reading

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Settling into the townhouse

Today is Day +25 since Deb’s stem cell transplant – she is a quarter of the way through the 100 days that she is required to wear the HEPA mask whenever she goes outside.  The mask is bulky and uncomfortable, … Continue reading

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Breaking out of the hospital …

I am happy to say that Deb was discharged from Stanford Hospital late Tuesday afternoon.  She was so glad to come to the lovely townhouse we are renting, and not be disturbed with beeps, taking vitals every 4 hours, etc.  … Continue reading

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Looking ahead to discharge

It’s hard to believe, but we are actually starting to talk about when Deb will be discharged from the hospital!  The doctors had said she would improve quickly when her white blood counts came up, and so it is.  However … Continue reading

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Day +14 = Engraftment!

We were thrilled this evening when Deb’s blood counts came in and we learned that engraftment has started!  (Engraftment is when the stem cells she received from her donor start growing and developing, and her bone marrow and immune system … Continue reading

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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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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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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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