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10 Days In

Hi all. Seems impossible that I’ve  been in the hospital for 10 days already. Everything so far is going as planned. The transplant yesterday - in this case, a fancy word for an IV blood transfusion - was long (6 hours) but went off without a hitch. Nancy Sheppard and Joanne Sheehy helped me pass the time.

It feels like now should be the start of a new day with all the re-birthday greetings, but in fact it’s the beginning of the harder stuff. Delayed side effects from last weekend’s chemo, other side effects from the new immunosuppressants, diuretics to reduce the fluid weight gain, etc. Just normal stuff around here, but new to any of us who have managed to live this long without a major illness or a hospital stay. However, the staff tells me that I’m doing much better than normal so gratitude to my healers working every day and my otherwise strong body.

Also, many thanks to the friends who are visiting and keeping me company.

Love on the day before Valentines Day to all of you.



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Comments (11)

  • Janis von Thaden
    Janis von Thaden

    Good going, Joanne. You are a warrior and your courage is so inspiring. Love, Janis

    5 months ago · Reply
  • Kenn Heller
    Kenn Heller

    And heartfelt valentines greetings to you and thoughts of quick recovery and strength

    5 months ago · Reply
  • Jeremy Rothenberg
    Jeremy Rothenberg

    Sounds like good news! Know that we think about you and are sending love and light your way. Wishing you an easy ride through the harder stuff. 💚

    5 months ago · Reply
  • Kathy Parkinson
    Kathy Parkinson

    Thanks for the update Joanne. Sending every best wish for your ongoing strength of body and mind!! All my love to you for Valentine's Day and every day to come!! Oxoxoo Kathy

    5 months ago · Reply

    Lots of love to you, brave friend -- you're in our hearts this Valentine's Day. And so are the wonderful souls who are with you during the long hours.

    5 months ago · Reply
  • Kelly Wilson
    Kelly Wilson

    Amazing news. I’m so glad to hear everything is going well. This has been such a long journey compresses in such a short time span!!!

    5 months ago · Reply
  • Kevin Woo
    Kevin Woo

    Thanks for the update. You know you’ve always had the biggest transfusion of our collective love, support and affirmation for you. “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 Kevin

    5 months ago · Reply
  • Gina Dokko
    Gina Dokko

    Why am I not surprised that you're performing way better than average? Keep it up! We're all pulling for you.

    5 months ago · Reply
  • Anne Eisenberg
    Anne Eisenberg

    Love to you and virtual hugs. Your strength, and good care, will see you through to a long, strong life. Anne and Hal

    5 months ago · Reply
  • Wendie Lash
    Wendie Lash

    Joanne, Such wonderful news to hear that you are doing better than normal....but we always knew you were not normal or average, but exceptional. I look forward to my next visit with you. And I'm happy to just sit there if you want company but don't want to talk.

    5 months ago · Reply
  • Monica Turner
    Monica Turner

    Well done Joanne. You will beat it!

    5 months ago · Reply

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