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9/9/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our Caring Bridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Four years ago, August 2012, Judy was diagnosed with Myelofibrosis, a rare bone marrow disorder that affects her production of blood cells. This not only caused extensive scarring to her bone marrow, leading to low blood platelets, weakness, fatigue, and an enlarged spleen and liver, but is also only affects approx. 13,000 people in all of the US. The treatments are limited and new - either a bone marrow or a stem cell transplant, which up until January 2016, we were told would not be an option for her.
Her new life journey starts Thursday, September 8th where she will be admitted to Froedtert Hospital in Milwaukee. Upon admission she will be receiving the treatments which starts with 5 consecutive days of high dose Chemo, followed with a day of rest and then the Stem Cell Transplant on Wednesday, September 14th.
A normal Stem Cell recipient has a 1 in 4 chance in having a sibling be a 100% match, but Judy was blessed to have 3 of her 6 brothers and sisters be a match. Further testing revealed that her brother Marty was the most perfect of the three.
Please keep Judy in your thoughts and prayers as this will be a long journey with a lot of time spent away from family and friends. As in the words from a long time family friend -- Prayers for skilled surgeons and caring nurses. Prayers for healing. Prayers for patience. Prayers for successful outcomes! Thank you all!