It seems that my bone marrow transplant is just around the corner, and we are moving right along with all of the pre-transplant appointments. I went in this morning to have my central line placed. The procedure itself went very quickly and smoothly. It's amazing how some of these smaller procedures seem like nothing after my major surgery in the spring. I am so thankful for each and every detail of the last several months that the Lord has worked out and brought me through.
I will be returning to the hospital in the morning for the first day of the "collection" process. I have been taking neupogen shots twice a day since Saturday, in order for my stem cells to reproduce. Tomorrow they will begin collecting my stem cells. I know that the procedure (which is non-invasive) will take several hours, and I most likely will be returning Thursday for a second day of collecting. I plan on taking several books and magazines with me to help pass the time. (And I'm sure a nice, long nap will be in order, too!)
I will be admitted early next week for the five days of high dose chemo followed by the transplant. I will be in for approximately three weeks. I am sure there will be a lot of updates during that time to keep everyone informed of my progress. I am ready to get this done...I want to be on the other side of this....I want to be able to look back with a heart full of gratitude for the healing and restoration the Lord has brought me. Thank you for supporting me, loving me, and praying for me...I need you. My family is blessed by the encouragement you give us through your cards, e-mails, calls, and prayers. I wanted to share a few pictures with you...just a glimpse of the peace we have in the midst of the storm!