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In early March 2017, we knew something was changing... and rapidly. For two years Sandy had been dealing with floaters in her eyes, little specks that moved in her field of vision. At times it was like a snow shower, except that the “snow” was black rather than white.
The previous November her retinal specialist was certain she had ocular lymphoma, but was hesitant about performing a biopsy of her eye. We got connected with specialists at the Cleveland Clinic who started planning for the biopsy until, within the span of two or three days, her left side went weak, the right side of her face began to droop, and she lost all emotion.
An MRI of her brain revealed a tumor and within days she began twelve rounds of intensive in-patient chemotherapy which lasted from March until October.
Subsequent MRIs showed that the tumor was gone but our oncologist acknowledged that there were still cancer cells floating around... and that, one day, the tumor would return.
In early 2018 he directed us to the University of Chicago Medical Center for a stem cell transplant. On March 7, 8 million blood stem cells were harvested, and on the 21st she entered UoC for a new round of chemo in preparation for the transplant.