Saturday, December 19, 2015

Still alive

It's been six plus years since my stem cell transplant.  I was doing OK until I fell and broke by left humerus (upper left arm) and got a very bad wound on my left shin which needed a skin graft.  All of this was from reaching for news paper on the front porch. (This was Gracie's chore, but she flew to heaven in August after a bad illness.  She was 14 when she died.)

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Almost 3 years post transplant

I apologize for not keeping my blog up to date. For the last 6 months I've been undergoing physical therapy, cognitive therapy and occupational therapy. The occupational therapist helped me to learn to drive again. Jim is retired now and is my full time caregiver and can drive me anywhere, but it is nice to know that I can drive if I need to, even if it is just to the grocery store. I enjoyed cognitive therapy the most because it was challenging. My cancer degraded my thinking skills, which of all my new disabilities, was the most disappointing to me. I was considered "gifted' when I was in elementary school and became a Mensa member when I was in college.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

New Hips!

Had my second hip replaced in February (the right; the left was replaced in August). So I am a new woman! I'm looking forward to being able to run , do yoga, etc.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fourteen Months Post Transplant

More good news...I only have to have blood tests every month now instead of every week, and only have to see my oncologist every 3 months rather than every month! Things are stable...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Wonder Woman!

Last week I had a total hip replacement because my left hip had degenerated due to acascular neucroasis (from Prednisone use and from chemo). Once the left hip heals, I need to have the right hip replaced also. I can get a card from TSA allowing me to go through security at airports without too much hassle (I have a metal prosthesis). Right now I am using a walker to get around and am going through Physical Therapy. It hasn't been too much fun.

Monday, May 31, 2010

9 1/2 Months Post Transplant

Some good news...

I drove for the first time in 18 months last night. I did really well too!

My hair is now 1 1/2 inches long and really, really curly and easy to take care of.

Sean, Corrie and the girls (Jenna - 5 , Sophie - 3 , and Rachel - 3 months) are arriving here this evening to stay for a week until they can move into their new home in Colorado Springs. They are moving from the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, CA , back to 10th Special Forces Group at Fort Carson. Sean enjoyed grad school and did really, really well.

P.S. I'm on Face Book now.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Seven Months Post Transplant --- Good News!

I had another routine appointment with my oncologist last week. My doctor gave me quite a bit of good news! All my blood counts are stable and getting stronger. I'm allowed to drive again, (I haven't driven for 15 months), fly again, I don't have to wear a mask when I'm in large crowds or at the hospital, I'm in the window now where it is less and less likely that the Epstein Barr Virus will return and trigger another occurrence of lymphoma, and at 18 months to 2 years post transplant, the doctor will start using the "cure" word!

Also, he gave me permission to go back to work. I have an interview tomorrow at Fuller Seminary where I worked before I got sick. My previous position opened up again (with some additional responsibilities in marketing). The work atmosphere at Fuller is absolutely wonderful, and I love to be around students. (I graduated from Fuller Seminary in 2006 with a Master of Arts in Theology.)

All of this good news is pretty amazing considering twice last year the doctor didn't think that I would live. Thanks to all of you who prayed for my recovery. God is good!

P.S. My hair is coming back...curly!