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9/23/2016 Latest post:
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My life changed a few days ago. Starting from the beginning: June 2nd, 2016, I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with diverticulitis. Labs were not good but I did have the infection, so it wasn't out of the ordinary. A few weeks later I went back for a follow up. I was told to see my primary doc in 4-6 weeks. My appointment was September 13th. I had more labs drawn, and they still weren't good. She set me up with a Bone Marrow biopsy for September 19th.
I received a call at noon on Tuesday the 20th with a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia. There was a room waiting for me at Regions Hospital in St. Paul that very day. I was told to get there as soon as possible, so I sent Dwight a text of the diagnosis. He came home from work and off to Regions we went. The routine of doctors, blood work, and nurses started right away. I was in the room, but not really there. I heard it all well, but was not able to process a lot. Jeff and Mande came to help us understand, and Dan came to support me as well. I could not eat or sleep that night.
Wednesday I had a lot of support of family and friends. What a blessing that is. The big C and chemo was something that seemed unreal. Chemo started and I started thinking about all of the stories I have heard about it. Needless to say, I was very apprehensive and still could not eat, but I did sleep.
Today is Thursday, my third day, but it seems like weeks already. My appetite is back! It has been a good day. I have started my 2nd day of chemo and no nausea yet, YAY!
I will be here for about 1 month, I am quarantined to keep any chance of illness/infection away. My room has a big window that looks over the city of St. Paul. What a blessing, no brick wall or parking lot view. The grandkids think my room needs a makeover, so that is what we will do next. I'll have to upload some pictures of it soon.
In these few days here I have seen many blessings. One day at a time. I've loved all of the prayers, family and friends, notes and visits. I will leave the rest in the Lord's hands.
**side note from daughter-in-law, Gina, she is welcoming visitors, but would like to make the visits work well in her day, so please call or text her to schedule them in advance :) 651-303-2743.