Tag Archives: stem cell transplant

A Beautiful Wedding and more … December 28, 2014

People have been asking me (Mary Lou) why there haven’t been any recent updates, and the answer is simply that we have been very, very busy.  The happy news I have to share is that Deb and her sweetheart Andy … 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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More Tests Needed

My bone marrow biopsy information came back today, and unfortunately the results were “inconclusive,” so the sample now is going to Stanford for further study, and I need to get additional tests and another biopsy at Stanford next week.  While … 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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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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Mask Free Dances and More!

On July 17, I had an awesome visit with my Stanford bone marrow transplant doctor, Dr. Robert Lowsky.  The date of the appointment was exactly nine months since I was diagnosed with leukemia; now the cancer is gone and the … 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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Life After Day +100

June 27, 2014 was the magic mark of 100 days after my bone marrow transplant! This means that I made it through the most difficult phase of healing from leukemia, but my doctor keeps reminding me to take it easy … 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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Happy Birthday Deb!

Happy Birthday to my beautiful daughter Deb! I am thankful to have you as my daughter, and so proud of you and all you have accomplished.  I am amazed at how you have remained so positive these past eight months … Continue reading

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The Ups and Downs of Recovery

Sunday morning, May 25, Deb woke up with a queasy stomach.  She didn’t have much appetite and couldn’t finish her breakfast, which is usually a fairly substantial meal for her.  Andy was here, and they had planned to go to … 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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Happy Mother’s Day, And A Big Thanks to My Amazing Mom!

Sunday, May 11, 2014 is Mother’s Day and people all over the world will be honoring their Moms — the amazing beings who brought them into this world, a miracle in itself. This year I want to draw special attention … Continue reading

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Half Way to 100 Days!

In the world of bone marrow transplants (BMT), everything is measured in terms of how many days have passed since my “new birthday,” the day I received the life-saving stem cells from my anonymous donor who we affectionately call “Mr. … Continue reading

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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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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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