I created this blog when my sweet little girl, Kristen, was diagnosed with cancer, for the third time. After fighting for almost 3 years Kristen was called home to that same God who gave her life. One of my favorite quotes comes from Neal A. Maxwell- "Those who "plow in hope" not only understand the law of the harvest but they also understand what growing seasons are all about. True, those with genuine hope may see their proximate circumstances shaken like a kaleidoscope at times, yet with the "Eye of faith" they still see divine design." Kristen blessed lives and continues to do so. Her light continues to shine. As for me, I continue to "plow in hope" knowing well that Kristen is mine for eternity. Families can be together forever!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

She's Perfect

Yesterday was Kristen's weekly clinic appointment. She had a much better week so I was expecting some good blood counts and good blood counts she had. Her numbers looked great.
In fact her nurse practitioner said,
"she's perfect."
I already knew that.

Here's the deal with her bone marrow results from last week. We were hoping that she would be 100% doner, which means that her brothers bone marrow has completely taken over and her bone marrow is gone. We didn't get the 100% we were hoping for. Her bone marrow came in at 95% donor and 5% her own. That means that we have to worry about that 5% wanting to make those disgusting leukemia cells.
But wait... Now we begin to taper her immunosuppressant drugs, hopefully this will allow her brothers bone marrow to explode and wipe hers out. So we still have a chance at the 100%. That being said, now as we taper the drugs, Graft verses Host Disease (GVHD) has a chance of showing up. So we are on high alert and watching for signs. I understand that if she has problems with GVHD she will be hospitalized until the docs can get things under control. A little GVHD is kinda good, because it will also fight any leukemia cells that choose to make an appearance. So the next few months will be interesting.

Usually on Memorial Weekend we spend time with my parents going to several cemeteries, some a couple of hours away and placing flowers on the graves of grandparents.
This year things are different.
Instead of spending the weekend with my father, we are decorating his grave. I was thankful that Kristen was feeling well enough to go out for a couple of hours today.


Cindy said...

I'm sorry this Memorial Day will be different for you. And instead of enjoying it with your father, you are spending it missing him.
Good news about Kristen. We are holding our breath, praying for continued healing!

Heather said...

Perfect indeed.

Sending you love Polly as you are missing your dad.

crazymother said...

She is as perfect as they come...and beautiful too!

To Love Endlessly said...

I'm happy Kristen was feeling well enough to go visit your dads grave. I'm sure that was hard for each of you to do. I am GLAD to hear she's perfect though. ;-)

Christi Harrison said...

fingers crossed that you get rid of that other 5%. Be gone cancer!

Sasha said...

I am glad to hear that there is good news and that Kristen is doing good. Love that there is room for more good news to follow. Hugs.

Amy L said...

Yes, Kristen is PERFECT! We'll keep on praying for God to completely heal Kristen and also pray that she continues to feel better each day.

stephanie said...

Well those are comforting words!!
looking forward to ,more and more good words!!

Thinking about you Polly as I know you are missing your Dad.

Lacey said...

Perfect is well, perfect!! Yeah