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Bone Marrow Harvest Success

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Bone marrow harvest was a success. They have collected the number of stem cells needed by extracting 1.5 liters of bone marrow from my pelvis. I resisted staying overnight at the hospital and was discharged Monday evening. I returned to the clinic yesterday for IV fluids, anti-nausea drugs and to remove the compression bandage that […]

Stab Me 100 Times, Then Radiate

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Just got home from a long afternoon at the hopsital. Jo Ann and I met with my oncologist for a consent meeting to discuss the upcoming Bone Marrow operation on my pelvis on May 5th. They will need to collect 1.5 liters of bone marrow, which will require them to puncture my pelvic bone 100 […]

Old School Pelvic Surgery To Get Bone Marrow

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Just got word that my blood report came back with no stem cells in my blood. Again. So, the plan is for me to discontinue this pheresis process, have the catheter pulled from my neck in the morning, and discuss other options with my oncologist – most likely taking me to the operating room to […]

Zero Stem Cells Collected

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With zero stem cells collected yesterday and today’s report back with “very few stem cells” collected today, my oncologist has suggested that I take a break from collection tomorrow. I’ll give myself more Neupogen shots tonight. Then, I’ll go in tomorrow morning for a blood draw, and they’ll test my stem cells from the vial. […]

I Don’t Want To Be ‘Strong’ or ‘Amazing’

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It’s already been an eventful and exhausting week of adventures in stem cell collection. On Monday, I had a full day of appointments leading up to having the dreaded double lumen Quentin catheter placed in my neck. It’s a stiff straw in my neck with two hoses that stick out. I have to sleep sitting […]