After not feeling well over the holidays and meeting with several doctors and specialists, I was (quite unexpectedly) diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) on January 5, 2016. Since receiving that phone call, I have had two induction chemotherapy sessions (hospital in-patient lasting over 30 days each) and 2 Hidac chemotherapy treatments (again, in-patent lasting one week each) at the UK Markey Cancer Center.
From June 28 thru August 9, I was hospitalized for a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous European donor. (Thank you!)
This year, I've been in the hospital and away from my two little boys (age 9 and 4) for a total of 122 days this year and more hospitalizations are likely.
Please know that my faith combined with the love, support, and humor of my friends and family (now called #TeamSarah) is keeping me abundantly positive and optimistic.
I am home now but allowed very limited visitation at this time, but I always welcome notes of encouragement (2213 Shannawood Dr., Lexington 40513) and emails (email@example.com)
I would appreciate you sending healing energy my way as I continue to fight this battle that I fully intend to win.
I will continue to update this page as I am mentally and physically able.
Also, I ask that you please keep my husband (Charles Lister), mother (Kerstin Warner), sister (Kerstin Warner Rao) and my two sweet baby boys in your prayers. Working at the Ronald McDonald House for 10 years has taught me first hand that "caring for the caregiver" is one of the most important ways to improve patient outcomes.