Join CaringBridge during this most important time of the year. Your support means that we can continue to provide free, secure websites all year long.
Hi Dear Friends,
For some time, though I've been quite ill, I've thought that things would change in a gradual way. But in the last week, I've heard from my oncologist that there is less time remaining than I had expected. Essentially, my bone marrow no longer makes white blood cells, so I no longer have white cells, which are my body's immune system. While red cells and platelets can be transfused, white cells cannot be transfused because they will cause a massive transfusion reaction.
I am considering a course of chemotherapy which may or may not allow my immune system a chance to at least partially recover. However, the chemo itself is very risky for someone in my current condition, so this is a difficult decision to make.
Right now, as I attempt to make this decision, my primary need is for your prayers and good thoughts. Once I make the decision about chemo, I should have a better idea what I may need going forward. If you feel moved to help in other ways, I will soon begin asking for that. Here are some areas where I'm noticing that I may need additional support:
· Transportation to and from appointments, etc
· Meals/food prep (ask first, I have food allergies)
· Household chores
· A visit or a phone call
· Support to take an occasional outing
· ***Assistance keeping this site current to manage scheduling help when I need it (Is there an "organizational goddess" out there who finds this kind of task interesting?)