We are inching ever closer to that 100 day mark. The last 2-3 weeks have been really good ones for Alyssa. She continues to get stronger and is wanting more and more to get back to normal activities. In just the last week she started her PT workouts, gone to the zoo, taken a 2 mile hike in the park, and last night we hit up our first Reds game with Matthew Higgins and Emma Doroff (and randomly run into her former teammate, Kaelin Grimes). It’s been really nice for her to have a few friends here to do things with (Not gonna lie, it’s been nice for me too).
She sees Dr. Nelson (her main BMT doc) every Friday, where she also has bloodwork done. So far, everything is going according to plan. He is telling her now that her discharge date from Cincinnati will be May 31st (Day 101). She will have a bone marrow biopsy and other tests done the day before, and then he will see her probably once a month over the summer. We’re not really sure what the plan will be after that. But that sounds really good to us.
As I sit and write this, I cannot help but feel how incredibly blessed we have been. Other than the GVHD she contracted, her recovery has been pretty textbook. I’m almost afraid to even write these words because I know now, all to well, how quickly things can change. I won’t ever get over the fear that her cancer could return or she could be exposed to some viral or bacterial infection, but I also have learned to look at each good day she has as a gift. Honestly, none of us are given any guarantees about the future and watching someone you love go through this has definitely impressed upon me to live one day at a time and find joy in it.