Kim Waguespack Kim's Korner

First post: Aug 6, 2022 Latest post: Nov 22, 2023
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Kim has been searching for answers to her health concerns for about five years.  During this time, she has felt fatigued for no apparent reason, had irregular blood test results, kidney issues, night sweats (not hot flashes - she got over that several years ago - LOL) and auto-immune symptoms. Approximately ten months ago, her doctor ordered a bone marrow biopsy, but nothing was confirmed regarding further treatment at that time.  She was instructed to follow-up every three months to monitor her blood cell counts.  At that time, Kim knew something was going on and she began to research her biopsy results which suggested she may have CMML (Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia).  She also sought second and third perspectives from other healthcare professionals, hoping to find answers.  One of these doctors recommended that she consult a bone marrow transplant specialist.  Persistent as she is, she researched, selected, and made an appointment with Dr. Guillermo Montalban Bravo at MD Anderson Medical Center in Houston.  Dr. Bravo is considered one of the best in the world for this particular condition, as is MD Anderson Cancer Center.  It is only by the divine intervention of God that she found Dr. Bravo.  Dr. Bravo took great care and concern with her medical records including the bone marrow test results.  While he was pretty positive that she has CMML.  A bone marrow biopsy was performed that same day to confirm his diagnosis and determine the progression of the disease.  Hence, Kim has been diagnosed with CMML. The disease is treatable, but not curable, with one exception . . . a stem cell transplant.  Dr. Bravo and his team have started the pre-treatment regimen to lower her white blood cell counts, get rid of "bad" blood cells, and prepare her for her stem cell transplant.  Her stem cell transplant team, led by Dr. David Marin Costa, is searching for a donor match, conducting pre-transplant tests, and planning Kim's successful stem cell transplant.  This diagnosis provides a “piece of mind” for Kim and I and explains some of her other health issues (kidney function, erratic blood test results and other) because Dr. Bravo said this is all related.  Kim's game plan is to take each day - one day at a time and work through this challenge with the support of her many friends and family who we know will be there for us at every step of her journey.  As her little brother, Lynn says, "no one fights alone."  Thanks to everyone for your prayers and overwhelming offers of love and support.  We will keep everyone updated on this website and reach out for help as needed.   We got this!!  God Bless all of you.  
in service,  

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