Thursday, March 29, 2012

A Good Update, Keep Praying

Psalm 141:1-2
"I call to you, LORD, come quickly to me; hear me when I call to you. May my prayer be set before you like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice."

We finally got the final results from last Friday's bone-marrow biopsy. As expected, there is an infiltration of Tammy's cells in her DNA. Fifty percent of her cells were her own, and 50 percent were her donor's. Two months ago, her DNA showed 100 percent donor cells, so the doctor's guess of her cells overpowering Jim's turned out to be true. It proves that the Leukemia is hard-charging and needed to be dealt with, which is why she's on the chemo again.

The doctor was happy with Tammy's progress when he came in today. He was actually pleased that she only had 30 percent of her cells showing signs of Leukemia with that much of her DNA now made up of her cells.

He was also pleased with how she has responded to the chemo this time. She hasn't gotten sick yet and, other than fatigue, she feels pretty good. The chemo will be completed Saturday and then the rebuilding starts. The next big step is another biopsy after day 14 (probably April 7) to make sure the Leukemia is gone. If it is, they'll proceed with the next treatment. They're leaving their options open, but that still may include another transplant. We won't know that for a while.

Tammy got to speak with David Lee today via Skype. Speaking with her kids really perks her up. It reminds me of how much God must like to hear from us. He loves us more than we can imagine, so it brings Him great joy when we stop by and say "hello." Next time you do, please ask Him again to bless Tammy.

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