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Posted 2018-06-22T22:30:32Z

Day 53: New Stem Cells Mean New Blood Type -- An Adventure in Stem Cell Transplantation

Hey friends and family, I talked to Mom this afternoon and here are the big themes of the conversation.

Thought you might like to eavesdrop for a minute.

  • Glory to God for a great bone marrow biopsy report! No sign of acute leukemia present at 30 days.  And blood type has already changed from A+ to new blood type O+ (the donor's blood type). The bone marrow is working!!
  • I have GVHD (graft versus host disease ) which is unpleasant and a little scary BUT the doctors are quick to remind us that we must have some GVHD for the transplant to be successful, but too much can be serious and must be monitored.  
  • GVHD is basically when the donor cells and the recipient's cells are at odds with each other -- our bodies have immune systems to identify and eliminate cells that don't below. That's how we fight off a cold or bacterial infection. In my case, I'm now genetically part me and 53-year-old man (genetically speaking). That leads to some confusion and parts of my body think other parts of my body should be attacked. So I have some skin and stomach irritation but it could be much worse.
  • Along those lines, pray for an appetite and some taste buds to work so eating is a little more fun than it currently is.
  • Should be in Houston for about 58 more days -- I cannot wait to be home!
  • I'm so thankful for all my wonderful pray warriors & supporters.



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Comments (18)

  • Marian Belson
    Marian Belson

    Praise God! You鈥檝e been on my heart so much lately that I was thrilled to see this post! I can鈥檛 wait for you to come either! Love you! 💕

    2 years agoReply
  • Diane Dill
    Diane Dill

    God is Good, Lesa. You look so good to have been and going thru what you're going thru. Will keep up the prayers and pray that you would like to have a DQ Blizzard!!

    2 years agoReply
  • Sandra Nees
    Sandra Nees

    So glad to hear you are progressing forward. Things sound good. I am so happy for you and your will still be in our hearts and prayers. Hugs Sandy Nees

    2 years agoReply
  • Kay Atkins
    Kay Atkins

    We are so glad to get these good messages. We think of you so much. Love you.

    2 years agoReply
  • Marsha W Kish
    Marsha W Kish

    Your long road to recovery is slowly getting shorter!! Stay the course, my friend. Austin is shining at the end of that tunnel.

    2 years agoReply
  • Betsy Horton
    Betsy Horton

    Praise God for medical advancements to help you. It is one step forward, a hop backwards but full steam ahead for good health and Austin. I think of you everyday to stay strong. It is not an easy journey being sick but you are fighting to be strong. Take care.

    2 years agoReply
  • Judy Day
    Judy Day

    Always nice to get updates & a better understanding of how the transplant works. Prays will continue as you move forward in your recovery!💜💜💜

    2 years agoReply
  • Christie Schroeter
    Christie Schroeter

    YOU'RE STRONG!!! God is keeping you able, willing and ready. He'll never let you down. We can't wait to see you livin' the life on Enchanted Hilltop Way! Love and continued prayers from Rick and Christie

    2 years agoReply
  • Charlotte Barton
    Charlotte Barton

    So amazing-the process and you! Hang in there, Lesa! I鈥檓 praying and praising God!

    2 years agoReply
  • Pat McLerran
    Pat McLerran

    We are so happy to hear this wonderful news. All the prayers are being answered. 💜🙏🏼💜

    2 years agoReply
  • Retta McHan
    Retta McHan

    Oh my gosh..what great glad it is working

    2 years agoReply
  • Wendy Malloch
    Wendy Malloch

    Eat, eat, eat, build strength and beat this disease. Prayers are with you!!!!

    2 years agoReply
  • Lynn Perilloux
    Lynn Perilloux

    my prayers continue every day for a successful transplant with very few hiccups.....

    2 years agoReply
  • Shirley Tucker
    Shirley Tucker

    Things are looking good and Thank God. The updates are wonderful to have so keep them coming. Good vibes and prayers are always out there.

    2 years agoReply
  • Carolyn Henry
    Carolyn Henry

    Lesa, so happy to hear of your progress. You are such a testament of strength and faith. I pray that our loving Father continue to watch over you and that you develop an appetite and that the graft issue goes away soon. Love and hugs! Carolyn

    2 years agoReply
  • Sally McConnell
    Sally McConnell

    Wow! That鈥檚 wonderful news! I pray your appetite returns soon.

    2 years agoReply
  • Susan Wattinger
    Susan Wattinger

    Hello My Dear Lesa! So glad everything is progressing forward! You are such an inspiration of strength and faith...keep up the good work! I look forward seeing and hugging you again! Homemade applesauce: puree red juicy apples & gala apples with cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg in a blender. This is what I fixed for Trey during his time of not having taste buds for food during chemo. Using plastic silverware helped for not tasting the metal taste, too. Hope this is helpful! You are in my heart, prayers and thoughts always! HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!!! P.S. Lee, Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you had an enjoyable and memorable day with your family! Heart you all!

    2 years agoReply
  • Tara Iagulli
    Tara Iagulli

    You are a trooper Lesa! Luckily you were never too girly so hopefully your body will accept being half man soon. How wild to have a new blood type. Hurray for staying cancer free! Praying for you to keep up the fight and/or lay down arms against the donor cells so you can be home soon.

    2 years agoReply