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I was diagnosed with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia on February 12, 2018. This is my story.

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Learning about the transplant process

Hello everyone!

Thank you all so much for your generous and selfless shares, donation and support. You have no idea how much this truly means to me. It’s not just about the financial security this will provide me and my family during this challenging time, but also in truly understanding how much love and support for me exists within my world. I have always struggled to see and love myself the way that others do, so this has been challenging and overwhelming for me to experience but I couldn’t be more grateful and humbled to be so loved. Thank you. 

This week I am at Princess Margaret three days in a row for appointments with the transplant team, doctors, counsellors etc as we work towards my Bone Marrow Transplant.

Yesterday I met my transplant coordinator (Who I went to high school with- what are the odds, it was so nice to see a friendly face!) and my transplant doctor. I was able to review the process and ask a lot of questions that I still had. 

We learned that:

-I will require 24/7 home care for a minimum of 60 days after my release from the hospital and will need to return to the hospital at least twice a week during this time. If I have any complications I will need to stay somewhere closer to the hospital than our home.

-I will have a Hickman line inserted into my chest, and I may have to remove several teeth to prevent possible infection after the chemotherapy.

-Due to the risks, I am required to complete a Will, a Power of Attorney and a medical directive, which is obviously a heavy thought. 

-We also discussed the risk that putting off the procedure to preserve my fertility creates, and are struggling to come to terms with what the right decision for us in this regard will be.

Right now it looks like if both the transplant board agree that I am a good candidate and I agree to move forward with the procedure, that it could happen in early March sometime. Of course, I am going to agree to move forward as I understand that It is my only chance to have the rest of my life back. 

I am no longer going to increase the goal of my campaign, which was hard enough to set in the first place, because you guys smashed it completely out of the park! I am overwhelmed and blown away by all all the love and support. I feel extremely grateful and lucky to be loved by so many people and all of that love and support has helped me power through these last few days of craziness. 

I AM however, going to share it one last time. I know there are people who still would like to help, and after learning more about the procedure and the realities of it I realize that I may need a lot more help than we initially thought. Please consider sharing if you can!

If you have shared, contributed, or messaged me with your love or kept me in your prayers – I thank you from the bottom of my heart. ❤️ I am ready to crush this thing!!!

*Originally Posted on Facebook.

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