Lorrie Yturralde Faivre

First post: Sep 24, 2022 Latest post: Jan 5, 2024
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On September 21, 2022, I entered the hospital for a bone marrow transplant.  This decision was not an easy one for me.  My blood condition progressed from Polycythemia Vera in 2005 to myelofibrosis in 2018. My late husband, Fel Yturralde, had the same blood conditions at the same time. However, his turned to a blood cancer, Acute Myeloid Leukemia, from which he died in December 2017.  I recognize that this progression for both of us was unusual,. The thoughts of my condition following the same path as my late husband has been a concern to me and my family ever since.  

In the midst of COVID in 2020, I started communicating with someone on a similar journey.  Steve Faivre lost his wife, Wanda, 17 days before my late husband died. Her own bone marrow transplant failed to cure another blood cancer, large B-cell lymphoma. Willing to walk through this journey with me, we got married in December 2020.

With my dropping blood levels, I considered having a bone marrow transplant while my myelofibrosis was still not malignant.  We were told that having a bone marrow transplant would be my only curative option. However, there were some risks involved.  Praying for wisdom, I decided to go forward with the transplant.  Yet complications from an enlarged spleen held up the start of my treatment for nearly a year until now.

This story has seemed too incredible to consider a coincidence.  We know that God had been with us in our separate journeys, and that in Christ, our hope for eternity is secure.  And we believe that God has put us together on this current journey, with full confidence that the Lord will work His perfect will in our lives.

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