New Year’s Blessings

And, Happy “Birthday” to me! Today marks two months since my transplant day. It’s hard to believe it’s been two months since I felt so miserable – it both seems like so much longer ago and also like it was just last week. Continue reading

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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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

The Accidental Update

So, i had my bone marrow biopsy on Monday. It was much ado about nothing, if you want my opinion. There were i.v.’s, fall risk bracelets, sedatives that didn’t work, impatient nurses – the whole shebang. All for the same procedure that a N.P. did in her office with my drawers down the last time I had it done. Continue reading

Bone Marrow Biopsy and Aspiration—What to Expect

Well, the more I have thought about my upcoming procedure, the more it has bothered me. Never mind that my father (who loves me very much, but is still learning about filters when it comes to this stuff) also called and pointed out the obvious to me:  this is not the same procedure I underwent the last time I was diagnosed. Continue reading

Getting Back to “Normal”

I got my stitches out from my biopsy yesterday. Eye looks good (for an eye with a tumor in it that’s been flayed open). I would like to throw a shout out to the doc that did the surgery, as he and his team were totally awesome. Continue reading

Here We Go Again

I had my first oncologist appointment (round two style) yesterday. It went pretty much as I expected it would. While we know that the tumor in my eye tissue is a Plasmacytoma, there is no way of knowing yet if it is isolated or if my disease has progressed to Multiple Myeloma (that is, throughout my bone marrow or tumors elsewhere in my body). So, next up is a bone marrow biopsy Continue reading