Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Moving Right Along

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!

Melissa




9 comments:

Katrina said...

I am definitely keeping you in my prayers! I hope everything goes smoothly, and there is as little pain as possible, and that the end result is a success! =)

Greg McDonald said...

LOVE the pictures...and LOVE your beautiful children! Wish I had my camera the day I visited but won't forget next time. You're always in my thoughts and prayers...praying He will let you soar on eagles' wings through the next few weeks. I love you!

PS: Shared with our church Sunday an update and that you would come to share your testimony...their faces lit up like Christmas trees!

michelle said...

i love you boundlessly!!! how did i get so blessed to be your sister? i thank the lord daily for your beautiful life and testimony. praising the lord for what he is doing.....

Cameron said...

Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. Your children are beautiful and WOW, you are absolutely gorgeous. Will be thinking about you all next week and waiting for updates. You are such a strong woman!!!!

(((HUGS))))

Mary in WV

A Romantic Porch said...

I'm praying for you! xo rachel

Melody Culver said...

My eyes are filled with tears as I look at your pictures. Mommies love their babies and babies need their mommies. Melissa, I pray God would grant you a complete healing. I long for the day you stand up in church and proclaim, "I'm cancer free!" Praise His Holy Name! Love, Melody from First Church Indpls.

Fran R. said...

My name is Fran Reese. My daughter Jamie is friends with P. Greg and Charlene. She asked me to pray for you. I am a retired "chemo" nurse. I WILL pray and ask God to give you great grace and to be mericiful to you as you and your beautiful family go through this event. Blessings are yours, Fran R.

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