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Katie’s Story

It's crazy how fast your life can change! Working on Friday and hospitalized on Sunday. Who would have known?



Latest Journal Update

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Well, no news has been GOOD news! Here is the last 6 months in
a nutshell.



Working has helped me realize how well I’m doing:



On January 31st, I returned to work part-time
(still taking classes full-time with Linfield). I was a bit nervous for a few
reasons. First, in January I was still spending much of my time sleeping. If I
was up before 10 am it was amazing. I remember being frustrated thinking I was
sleeping my life away. However, my doctor kept telling me that my body needed
rest to recover. So, if I was tired, I just slept and slept and slept (some
days until late afternoon). Going back to work meant that I would have to get
up at 6 am in order to get ready and drive the 50 minutes or so to Springfield.
To my surprise, I was easily able to get up at 6 am and in fact, I felt really
good. So, I continued getting up earlier on my days off and couldn’t believe
how good I felt. Had I not returned to work, I wouldn’t have discovered this.



Next, I worried about the stairs. The office is on the second
floor and although there is an elevator, I told myself I would do the stairs.
At first it was embarrassing, especially if someone was coming up the stairs
behind me, because I was so slow. However, I could tell my strength was
improving. By May, I could go up and downs the stairs at a normal pace. Now, I
don’t even think about them.  



OHSU appointment on June 18th:



I went to see Dr. G on
June 18th which was my 2-year bone marrow transplant anniversary.
Wow, I can’t believe it’s been 2 years!!! Anyway, the appointment went well. I
had a bone marrow biopsy while I was there which since has come back clear.
Yippee, cancer free for now!





I was shocked when Dr. G said I didn’t need to come back for
ONE YEAR! That’s amazing! Until June, I had been on a six-week schedule. I
would rotate seeing Holly in Corvallis and then Dr. G at OHSU every six weeks.
Now, I see Holly at 3, 6, & 9 months and then go to OHSU at 12 months! I
thought that was an enormous step for me!



My donor:



I just found out my donor’s name today! His name is Kenneth
Flob and he lives in Germany. I have his address and his email and will be
contacting him. That’s all I know at this point, but am happy to have some contact
information for him.



Well, that’s my last 6 months. I feel really good and am to
the point where I don’t think anyone would have any idea what my body has been
through if they didn’t know. I don’t plan to update unless I have a setback or
get additional information about my donor.



Thanks so much for following me on this journey. I appreciate
all the prayers and support!