Karen | CaringBridge

Karen’s Story

Eight years ago our mom was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia. Her journey on oral chemotherapy started then, and it has been a long, and often difficult, road for us as a family.  She is unable to tolerate the medications required to keep her well, and last week at MD Anderson, her physicians started her down the path of a bone marrow transplant. The next phase of this journey is going to be challenging for her, but she is blessed with all of you - her family and friends. This site is for all of you.

We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place.  If you click on the tab 'Ways to Help' at the top, that will direct you to our calendar as well as the GoFundMe Page created to help with all of the unexpected medical costs and living expenses during this journey. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Emily Smith

Hi Team Karen, 

The last couple of days have been incredibly difficult and painful for mom. She spiked a fever yesterday and it went up to 103. They gave her the first round of antibiotics last night and she seemed to handle it okay. After a long night and a lot of prayers, her fever went away. Please continue to pray for her to get better as quickly as possible. 


From Karen:

Last night they had bags of ice water all over me to try and get fever down. I kept thinking how bad I want that ice water. I cannot wait to be able to drink a big slushy glass of water! Of course, I cannot eat or drink anything at all because the sores in my throat and mouth are so painful. It is very hard not to swallow. I have a suction thing like at the dentist’s. So difficult. I cried out to God last night to help me. He has shown up!

Pray for him to keep showing up! I love you all.
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