On August 20, 2017, Jim and I attended my Bone Marrow Transplant Reunion in Denver. As you can see from the photo there were so many patients, care givers, family members, nurses and doctors in attendance. (I'm peeking over the shoulder of the large man in the orange shirt at right center.)The patients were wearing large buttons that stated how long they had been a survivor. It has been 8 years for me. I saw a few people who have been a survivor for 10 or 11 years, but for most patients, their survivabilty was measured in months.
Saturday, August 26, 2017
I had my 8th post transplant anniversary this week! University of Colorado Hospital 's transplant department had a reunion for all transplant patients and their families. Also all the nurses and doctors were there. It was pretty awesome. I wasn't the the longest living patient. I did see a couple of patients who had lived 11 years, but most were recent patients whose survival was only listed in months.
Saturday, December 19, 2015
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
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
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
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.