As many of you know, after experiencing extreme shortness of breath and a few other symptoms earlier this week I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoid Leukemia. I am at Baylor Hospital in downtown Dallas which has a great team of doctors and staff at the cutting edge of treating this disease. I began chemo on Thursday and this will continue daily for a week and then I will have a week off and then assessment for further treatment, which will likely include more chemo and possibly a bone marrow transplant and bone marrow chemo. The results from my first chemo are good -- looks like the meds are working.
Debra is here and is the best comfort support person anyone could have. Friends are calling and visiting. We are feeling the love and prayers and they are helping me heal. My parents are coming in on Tuesday.
I will be in the hospital for a month and then after getting out will return for one full week of chemo once a month for eight months. I have a deep, calm, strong belief that I am going to survive this cancer. It will be a journey with highs and lows. A guitar player was just down the hall so Debra and I walked down there and he played for us. We danced one number in the hall with me hooked up to a machine dripping chemo -- we were crying but it was one of the sweetest moments of our lives.
Thank you for all your love and support and prayers. You are all a part of my healing. Love, Margaret