My name is Jamie Gaillard.
It was a complete shock when I was diagnosed with Leukemia in March 2010. After several weeks of breathlessness, racing heartbeats after just a few short steps, and extreme fatigue, I finally convinced myself to go to the doctor. After being diagnosed with M.D.S, an early state of Leukemia, I sought a second opinion. My second opinion showed that I had quickly progressed to a more serious diagnosis of AML within just two short weeks.
My life was put on hold.
Every doctor had the same opinion - I needed the most aggressive chemotherapy treatment until I could be put into remission, and then I needed an immediate bone marrow transplant in order to survive. So far this has required two, 28 day stays in the hospital for the chemo. And will require a minimum 3 month stay for the transplant.
I think I'm one of the lucky ones. With warnings from transplant doctors that it could take months, years, or that I may never find a donor, I prepared myself for a long journey. Because of some amazing people across America, that were willing to become bone marrow donors, I now have 2 perfect matches for transplant!
I am now about to embark on my Bone Marrow Transplant Journey.
The journal entries on my site will be from this point forward.
A Little Extra...
I am the daughter of Tommy and Heidi Gaillard. My dad is retired from a 29 year career in Information Technology and is currently a college instructor at Alabama Southern Community College teaching computer courses. He is also a pastor with the United Methodist Church currently serving four small rural churches in Clarke County Alabama. My mom is employed as a Victim Advocate with the Regional Children's Advocacy Center in Grove Hill, Alabama.
I grew up in Jackson, Alabama and graduated from Jackson Hgh School in 2002. I attended Southeastern University in Lakeland Florida graduating cum laude in December 2005 and earning a degree in Broadcast Communication. I have worked at a number of jobs related to broadcasting including Apex Media, Calvary Production and the local ABC affliate (Channel 9) in Orlando. In addition I have done extensive freelancing around the country.
I am currently employed as the Production Manager for Trinity Broadcasting Network.
I am a born again Christian, love the Lord and have a passion for serving Him in life and in my vocational endeavors.