Well Happy New Year! I know, I know, we're already three weeks in to it, but I've been MIA (on here at least) so Happy New Year to you and yours. I hope it's starting out to be a spectacular year for you all. It's hard to believe, but we're 80 days post-transplant. In some … Continue reading Hey Look! A Forest!
Emmanuel. It's my favorite Christmas word. It means, simply, "God with us." And it really is. Simple, I mean. I'm sitting here alone on Christmas morning, in those magical moments before the kids wake up and come bounding down the stairs. There's snow on the ground outside, a fire burning in the fireplace, and I'm … Continue reading Merry Christmas! I hope it’s full of WITH!
Where was I? Oh yeah, ugly-crying at all. the. things. I really can't begin to recount all the kindnesses bestowed on us these past few months. I went to get something out of the car the other night and there was note and a Starbucks card under the doormat, left by a Secret Santa. A few … Continue reading Sherpas and Grace
"Lean on me, when you're not strong And I'll be your friend I'll help you carry on For it won't be long 'Til I'm gonna need Somebody to lean on..." I love that song. It's one of my all-time favorites. And it totally sums up my life this past year. The holidays always make me … Continue reading Lean On Me…
So sorry for the radio silence. I've been meaning to hop on here and update y'all, but life has been happening and, well, I just haven't carved out the time. So, for those of you calling to make sure everything is OK, here's (part one of) an update! Let me pick up where we left … Continue reading Detours and Dark Days
We're fully engrafted and movin' on up! As a reminder, engraftment is when the stem cells you received on transplant day start to grow and make healthy blood cells. It's a very important milestone in your transplant recovery, and really when you start to feel better and feel like all of this was worth it. … Continue reading Movin’ On Up!
We were so close... Post-transplant you're seen in the SCCA clinic every day. We go in for labs first thing in the morning and then see our team about an hour later, when they've had a chance to review the numbers. They check in to see how Corey's feeling and make whatever adjustments may be … Continue reading Missed It By *That* Much
I can't decide if the declaration "Not much to see here, folks..." is a good thing or a bad thing. I think we'll go with good. For the most part, Corey's tracking right where he should be. Today is "Day +6" or 6 days post-transplant. His counts took a dive after the atomic bomb of … Continue reading 70 Lonely Neutrophils
It's Transplant Day! The side effects from the "atomic bomb" of chemo Corey received Saturday have started to kick in, although not super severely. It's hard to say whether that or the impending procedure had us feeling a bit subdued this morning, but there was definitely less pep in our step than there might normally … Continue reading Happy Birthday! (Hold the Creamed Corn)
There's no going back now. One little bag and a 15-minute infusion, and we're on the fast track to a wipe out. We met with our oncologist, Dr. Eagen, and our head nurse, Vanessa, on Friday for the final workup and to sign all the consent forms for the high-dose chemotherapy Corey was to receive … Continue reading Atomic Bombs & Destinies