The time has arrived for my bone-marrow/stem cell transplant. The actual transplant won’t take place for over a week. There’s some prep-work to get done first. Most of it isn’t very fun, however.
There really isn’t much I can share that you readers of my blog don’t already know. Today I’m being
remanded readmitted to UCLA. As I type we’re sitting outside of Admitting, waiting for my room to be finished. (Since I’ll be on the Leukemia/Hematology Wing for a while, they’re cleaning up a good room for me. One with a decent view.)
Tomorrow I should start my full-body radiation. That’ll go twice a day, for 4 days. Then I’ll get several days of high dose chemotherapy. Then I’m supposed to get a day off of “rest”, then the following day should be the stem cell transplant. Last we heard, that’s scheduled for July 3rd.
Assuming this schedule is still accurate, the donor, whom I do not know, will have their bone marrow harvested on July 2nd, and it’ll be shuffled off to UCLA, via LAX. As I’m typing, I’m overcome again that some skinny young guy is choosing to endure this donation, for me. What a gift.
I’ll try to keep the updates coming, but this journey is bound to get harder before it gets easier. So, bear with me, and ask questions if you have them. Feel free to post them in the comments, or to me on any of my social media profiles.
We continue to covet your prayers, as this journey continues. My unbelievable wife has cared for me in the most amazing ways, and honestly, I’m not that easy to wait upon. She too benefits from your prayer support. Our kids continue to be hosted primarily by my parents, but the upcoming couple of months will go back to being a little creative, like last year. My father-in-law will be caring for them a little. One of my closest old friends has volunteered to host the boys for a long weekend of what I can only imagine will be some great fun and memory-making. And at some point we may even do the musical-house-thing back at home, with our church community hosting the kids again. Deanna will be trying to stick to taking the kids home each weekend, for the normalcy of regular church attendance and a chance to touch base and connect with them. So, pray for her miles and miles of traveling as well.
I yearn to continue to NOT…waste my cancer. It’s my goal and mission, no matter where this journey takes us.