I apologize for not posting this sooner, but we wanted to wait until we had as much information as possible before posting an update. I'm sorry if it did cause any extra worry to anyone!
After waiting over 2 weeks for the recent biopsy results, Melissa talked to her nurse on Monday and found out that the biopsy samples were consistent with her diagnosis of lymphoma. The nurse also explained that they would be proceeding with a bone marrow transplant using her own stem cells.
The transplant coordinator called the next day to give the details and the schedule. She will begin injections the week of the 16th. These injections will help to release stem cells from her bone marrow into her blood stream so they can be collected easily. The following week collection of stem cells begins. Around the 26th, she will be hospitalized to begin the high dose chemo, a level that she has not yet had. That will continue for 5 days, followed by two days of rest. The transplant will happen then on Day 8. She will be in the hospital roughly 2 weeks after the transplant for recovery. About 30 days after the transplant, she will have a scan. That will tell us if it was successful.
SO....what can you pray about now?
1) Let's start with tomorrow. Tomorrow Miss and Doug go into the hospital for a series of physical tests and exams to check to see if she is able to take on the high dose. They will be meeting with the oncologist too, and last time they met with him it was obviously not a fun experience. Please pray that they have peace of mind, and clear thinking for their many thoughts and questions. Please pray for clear and totally open communication during their appointments.
2) Please pray for their oncologist. He is making some big decisions that will determine her route for this treatment and transplant. Please pray that God grants him the wisdom to make the best decisions.
Thanking you for your prayers on this blog just does not seem adequate enough. But it's all I can do, so I thank you from the bottom of my heart!