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One day perfectly healthy, and with in a couple months, fighting for my life! November 24, my life changed. Went to the ER thinking I had a nasty sinus infection, & was told I wouldn't be leaving for a month. I had B-cell ALL, which is acute leukemia. I was admitted to the hospital and after so many tests, started my first round of chemo the next day. My treatment plan was to do 8 rounds of chemo and hope for the best. My husband Mitchell, thank god, said lets get a second opinion. After I got out the hospital, I flew to MD Anderson in Houston for a second opinion. They are one of, if not the best Leukemia hospitals in the world. Mitch says, nothing but the best for me! (ain't that a sweet..lol). One look at my chart, and the Dr. there said, have to do bone marrow transplant. I have a mutation called MLL mutation and without transplant, only 10% survival rate. Definitely was not good enough odds for me! From then on, I had a mission and a goal. Fast forward, so far I have had 3 chemo treatments, and have secured my transplant date, March 17th! When I want something, I go get it. I must have bugged my insurance person and people at Anderson so much, but it was worth it! My twin sister Alicia is a perfect match for me! I am lucky enough to even have two perfect matches. My brother, Michael also is one. See my journal entry for info on transplant timeline. I hear people say how "strong" I am etc. I am just facing each day one day at a time. I do what needs to be done, and say, "what's next?". I try not to stop and think about it all. Of course I do once in a while, have my pity party for all of 5 minutes. I think if you were in my situation, you would be just as strong! You get pissed and for me, it fuels my energy! lol My family has been so supportive. My friends and "village", above and beyond. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I hate all those cliches but I will continue my fight until I am 100%, and more than that!! Love to everyone, enjoy the little things, get mad when you need to, but get over it quickly!!