2018 My journey begins…….
hmmmm, where to start. I am a 62 year old wife, mother and grandmother and this is, indeed, not my first battle. In 1995 I lived in Alaska and it was at that time that I discovered a lump which turned out to be NHL. After numerous tests I was told I was stage 4 and that I had a short time left. My youngest were my twins who were, at the time, barely 4 years old. To speed up this section I will share that I reffered myself to Stanford University for experimental protocol. I beat NHL and raised my children , saw one married and became GiGi to three (so far) grandchildren. Speed ahead a bit to the summer of 2017 when I began to experience bone crushing fatigue, constant infections and pneumonia. My falling counts confused the PCP and again, I referred myself to a local Oncologist. Within days he had ordered and completed blood labs, scans and ohhhhh my favorite a bone marrow biopsy.
I am now in the active stage of preparing for a BMT. I have my donors, who are from Germany and are not only a perfect blood match but also 10/10 for the HLA markers. During the next 2 weeks will be going through extensive testing to insure I am physically capable of surviving this.
No surprise that I am also terrified. Ive read a great deal but all that has done is educate myself on the many things that can go wrong…but if I do nothing I know what the outcome will be. I knew when I was treated for my NHL that there could be the possibility of secondary cancers, and after 17 years of freedom this has been a terrifying reality check.
My wife and I have only been married for just about four years and I wish I could promise her it will be ok….
I HATE cancer