Welcome to our CaringBridge 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.
In April 2018 Lisa was diagnosed with Amyloidosis, LC (which is extremely rare) and Multiple Myloma, following a thyroid biopsy. For a better understanding of these conditions, we encourage you to follow these links--https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/amyloidosis/care-at-mayo-clinic/mac-20353187?mc_id=google&campaign=287399081&geo=9024549&kw=amyloidosis&ad=97475250521&network=g&sitetarget=&adgroup=22729676681&extension=&target=kwd333884936&matchtype=e&device=c&account=1733789621&invsrc=heart&placementsite=enterprise&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgqHGwd2m3QIVj4bACh2oBwRhEAAYAyAAEgLsofD_BwEhttps://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-myeloma/symptoms-causes/syc-20353378
Since her diagnosis, her doctors have been working hard to get the Amyloidosis under control so that they can begin to target the Multiple Myeloma. To date, she has completed 4 months of chemotherapy (targeting the amyloidosis). Lisa is now preparing for a stem cell transplant, in an effort to put the amyloidosis and
multiple myeloma into remission.
The stem cell transplant is done through the blood, similar to dialysis. They will filter out her stem cells and freeze them. She will then undergo a day of chemo, which is designed to kill ALL the cells in her body; they will then re-infuse the stem cells they collected and froze the previous day.
If all goes as planned, Lisa will be admitted to KU Medical Center on Thursday, September 13. The chemo and stem cell infusion will take place on September 13 and 14th.
Following these procedures, Lisa will have very little immune system, so it will be imperative to keep her away from any and all possible contaminants. She will stay in the hospital for 14-21 days where she will be closely monitored. Upon release, she will be staying with her sister, Deb, as she will require 24/7 care until such time as her doctors feel it is safe for her to return home.
We will update the journal portion of this site with the address and room number once Lisa is admitted to the hospital for those who may want to send a card (NO FLOWERS OR PLANTS ALLOWED, due to the sensitive nature of her illness). You may also contribute to her gofundme account; we are also exploring the possibility of setting up a fund in which donations could be sent in, with 100% of those contributions going directly to Lisa.
UPDATE!! A PayPal Account has been established in Lisa's name--please follow this link to contribute! https://www.paypal.me/lisalpruitt
She has already been out of work for some time, and it is unclear if or when she will be well enough to return to work. As you may imagine, medical expenses will mount rapidly, in addition to day-to-day expenses.
We will be working on updating Lisa's story with background information so that we can all understand her conditions. Journal entries will be added as her treatment progresses. Please check here for updates, as it is difficult to keep everyone individually informed in a timely manner.
Most importantly, please keep Lisa and her family in your thoughts and prayers in the coming days, weeks, and months ahead!! She needs every ounce of positive energy and love directed her way!