It's been awhile since I have *wanted* to write, but things are moving in a better direction now, and I am feeling more up to it. I did get out of the hospital on April 16th after 2 months, and recovery has been slow. The wait for the bone marrow biopsy to see if the 2nd month, and 2nd harsher treatment, worked was extremely difficult- so many emotions running through my mind, so much disbelief that it would work, and basically wondering how many days I had left here. What would they try next? Could my body take it? Would I even want to continue this misery? Luckily, the 2nd treatment put the Leukemia into remission- 0% cells detected- the best I could hope for! Gratitude and relief for a second.... as the road is still long.
According to treatment plan, they do a "clean-up" week of chemo in the hospital to make sure to get anything that might be hiding in the cells. I have just completed that, and am back home today, waiting for the fall-out this week. (The week after the chemo is terrible on the body- makes me very sick and tired all the time.)
Hopefully now, they will find my donor, and then it's back into the hospital for 3-4 weeks for the transplant and some recovery time there. If it takes too long to get the transplant going, I will have to endure another "clean-up" week, so as to not lose the remission. If untreated, it usually comes back within a year, so there is more work ahead!
But things are looking good right now- I am thankful for the support I receive and well wishes. I hope to find a little "life" in my spirit in the next few weeks before my next battle begins. =)