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  • Who Is Sue?

    Sue

    Sue

    I'm a 43 year old Multiple Myeloma patient. I was treated for a solitary plasmacytoma in '09, and progressed to MM in the spring of 2012. I had a successful Stem Cell Transplant in November of that year, and have been on maintenance chemotherapy since, relapsing at the end of 2014. I served for several weeks at Ground Zero following the 9.11 attacks, and have done some pretty neat things since then, too. Getting cancer isn't one of them.

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  • Release from Transplant Clinic

    The Big Day, EstimatedNovember 15th, 2012
    Hoorah! I rocked that bitch and got out on the 12th!
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Day -2

With transplants, Day 0 is the day you receive your stem cells, and then you count up from there.

We got down here to San An around 9 last night. We didn’t go to the store, we were too tired. Today, we were at the hospital at 8am, and got “home” around 4 or so. LONG day! Continue reading

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SCT 101

Okay, for those of you waiting in suspense to learn why my stem cell transplant doesn’t really sound like a transplant (in that I will be getting my own stem cells back after chemo), here is a quick run-down on why they do it this way and how it works. 
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Stem Cell Collection & Stuff

So, it’s been almost a week since I last posted. This isn’t a result of me feeling bad, but rather me just being a little lazy. The Quinton Catheter (neck catheter) was not fun to have inserted, or to “wear” for a couple of days, but it was not, by a long shot, the worst thing I’ve been through. Continue reading

Neupogen Day 4 + Neck Catheter

I got my 4th neupogen injection this morning. My pelvis and legs and lower back are pretty achey, so it’s definitely working. Dad told me they were a little concerned at first because I said I wasn’t hurting that much (the pain means it’s working). Continue reading

1st Neupogen Shot was Today

I had the choice of tummy or arm. I asked the nurse what most patients do. She said tummy, that it hurts less. The syringe was pretty big and full, but the shot itself didn’t hurt at all. Continue reading

I Can’t Sleep, So I’m Trying Something New

It’s been a long while since my nerves have kept me up at night. Oh, I lose sleep all the time, but generally, it is just a small and irritating side effect of my meds. This is nerves. The “induction phase” of my transplant starts next week. Continue reading

Counting Down to Transplant

Things have more or less continued on an even keel since I last wrote. Now, however, as my Stem Cell Transplant (STC) approaches, everything seems to have kicked up a notch into overdrive. Continue reading