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Dark Angel
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200 posted 07-30-2004 06:51 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Becky...you are in my thoughts and this good news is wonderful. Praying for more good news to roll, in August.



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201 posted 08-03-2004 05:19 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

UPDATE

Had my MRI yesterday. Results today show only partial remission.  

So on with chemo I guess. I'm not sure how they plan to get that to go away. I'm sure radiation, and that's not something I want to do after seeing what it has done to others.     That's some nasty stuff.

Though my marrow is in remission, however some of the tumor on my tailbone still remains.  So on with the march to getting better. (God willing)
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202 posted 08-03-2004 05:27 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

We shall be marching right along with you as you go Becky.  Keep your chin up and I know you will.  Let's  burn a light of hope and let it shine brightly during this next hurdle.
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203 posted 08-03-2004 07:24 PM       View Profile for LoveBug   Email LoveBug   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for LoveBug

I'm glad to hear that there is some good news and progress. Try to look at it that way, and don't get discouraged.I am praying for you..

Oh, make me Thine forever
And should I fainting be
Lord, let me never ever
Outlive my love for Thee
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204 posted 08-03-2004 08:50 PM       View Profile for miscellanea   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for miscellanea

White Dove,
  I don't think we've met, but I just wanted you to know that I'm sending a whole bunch of prayers up for you and those around you.  I know this cannot be an easy time.  Just wanted you to know, I'm thinking about you.  I'll pop back here now and then to check your posts.  I send you an invisible mustard seed.    
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205 posted 08-03-2004 09:26 PM       View Profile for Enchantress   Email Enchantress   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Enchantress

You are still in my prayers...
and remember you do not fight this alone..
we are all here with you.
Healing Hugs, Nancy
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206 posted 08-05-2004 05:58 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

OK, here's another update after speaking with the transplant team yesterday at Rush.

They are typing my sisters and brother to see if they're a match. This whole process to put in place should take about 3 months he said.  So I will continue with chemo until they're ready for me.  The "philadelphia chromosone" was present but as for now is like .2 or something, so it could be "background noise" or just a cell left. However the stem cell transplant should take care of that.

Right now he says they're giving me about $3 worth of chemo, when it's time they'll give me about $10 just so I get the idea of how much more I'm in for.  I will also get head to toe radiation for about a week with the chemo. I will be hospitalized for about 1 month.  For up to at least 6 months I will have no immune system, so he said with infections and all other stuff it's likely I will see the hosp a number of times after I'm actually released.  It should take up to at least a year for things to start to function properly.

He told me he won't paint a rosy picture for me that it will be a very rocky, difficult road. He told me he's the only doctor that will make me very sick before he makes me better.  When all is said and done with the stem cell transplant, I have a 50%/50% chance of cure.  If I use my own, I have a higher chance of relapse after only a year.  So my own will be a last resort.

Using my siblings, and using someone unrelated to me will of course increase my mortality rate (30%).  

So here we go on a long, long road to what will hopefully bring a cure to me. So your continued prayers and support are very much appreciated.

Hugs and love to all of you!
Thank you for all the cards, notes, "help" you've given us.
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207 posted 08-05-2004 08:09 PM       View Profile for nakdthoughts   Email nakdthoughts   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for nakdthoughts

Becky, I myself cannot say I know what you  have been and are going through.

But I want you to know that spending the last 3 years with my sister who needed a liver transplant and then had lung cancer, I do know that radiation and chemo and especially the transplants will help, even if only giving time for something new to come along.

Stay positive and let them do whatever is necessary. I am with you in thought and prayer and know it is a long road, but there is hope.

hugs
Maureen

and if you would give me an address to send to I would like to send you cards and letters during this time...and keep in touch with your progress.

plzdntgo@aol.com
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208 posted 08-16-2004 09:29 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

UPDATE   Was notified today that one of my sisters is my perfect match. They're still waiting on my brothers blood work which should arrive there tomorrow. If he is a match as well, they would use him instead. They said they prefer males over females. Males haven't had kids and it's got something to do with the antigens in the blood.  But hey, thank God I have a match.

I think I'll have maybe the end of this chemo phase, and maybe one more before I'm ready for this transplant.  
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209 posted 08-16-2004 09:31 PM       View Profile for skyshine   Email skyshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit skyshine's Home Page   View IP for skyshine

That's awesome news, Becky! You and your sister will be in my prayers. *hugs*

~sky

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Hold on, it gets better than you know....
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210 posted 08-17-2004 02:44 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Becky, this is good news.  You, dear Dove, are still in my thoughts and prayers.  Love you, jo
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211 posted 08-17-2004 04:51 AM       View Profile for muted   Email muted   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for muted

wonderful news
and im still sending well wishes your way.
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212 posted 08-17-2004 05:50 AM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

That's some awesome news!! Hope you are near the end of this road onto one that will be alot smoother. Love and Hugs...Mike and Shawna
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213 posted 08-17-2004 01:35 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Hello there dear friend,
I'm so glad you're keeping us all updated on everything that is going on. Terrific news with your sister!! I know it's a long journey ahead, but I also know you posess an inner strength that some of us could only hope for so I have great confidance that you will overcome. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Ruth
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214 posted 08-20-2004 11:04 AM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

Boy do I feel blessed!  Not only was my sister a perfect match, but it turns out my oldest brother is one as well.  They will use him first.

I understand they just typed a family of 8 and couldn't find a match, and here I have 3 siblings left and have 2 perfect matches.
Is God watching out for me or what?

So they're looking at the end of September or October for the stem cell transplant to take place and hopefully have me home for the holidays! That would be nice!
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215 posted 08-20-2004 12:18 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Well just glory be Beckie, glory be!  What absolutely fantastic news, and certainly not strange considering the faith you carry with you.  You are so deserving of "watchers" as I like to call them.  Fantastic news.
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216 posted 08-21-2004 12:53 AM       View Profile for Trillium   Email Trillium   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Trillium

Dear Rebecca:

I had to stop in here tonight and see if there was anything new and is there ever! I am so excited for you! What miracles are wrought by prayer and faith!  Home for the holidays sounds absolutely marvelous!

Love
Betty Lou

Betty Lou Hebert

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217 posted 08-21-2004 11:19 AM       View Profile for Copperbell   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Copperbell

Me too, I'm so glad you're updating us. So often it seems that in difficult times we get to watch His miracles - and I'm betting you are seeing more than just one!! Praising God for you and with you.
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218 posted 08-21-2004 12:22 PM       View Profile for PhaerieChild   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for PhaerieChild

Praise God Becky!! I'm so glad that you got matches for this. I know your faith has more than a little to do with it and all these prayers don't hurt either.
Hoping for the best that can happen in all this. Love and Hugs...Shawna
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219 posted 08-21-2004 11:59 PM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Oh Rebecca, this is absolutely wonderful news, thanks so much for keeping us posted.

With love

hugs to you

Maree
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220 posted 08-23-2004 07:40 PM       View Profile for WhtDove   Email WhtDove   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit WhtDove's Home Page   View IP for WhtDove

PRAYERS NEEDED PLEASE

Went in for my chemo today and all seemed pretty surprised at how low my counts were.
Though the point is to wipe me out and bring my cell counts low, we were surprised at where they were.  The last time I was at 2.1 and had a shot of nupagen (to boost your cell counts) everyday for 3 days and my counts jumped to 6.1.

I'm at .5 right now and not knowing things like that can be very dangerous for me. (and I've had 3 shots of Nupagen as well) As I was in there getting chemo they had a gentleman who was sick and had been vomiting all weekend.  

That could really endanger me if I were to catch that.  I should have been warned BEFORE I went in that they were that low.  They had the counts back, someone should have told me.  Also when I'm this low I'm restricted off fresh fruits and vegetables.  I was also not told about that and guess what?  
I've been eating fresh fruit and vegetables.

The bacteria on those can cause serious infection and land me back in the hospital.
I've come so far, and right now I'm sooooo
close, I can't afford to get sick right now. This was my last dose of "chemo" for this month. I go Monday for the head chemo but otherwise will get a break until about 6th of Sept.

Please keep me in your prayers that God keeps me well through this.

My brother shall be coming out around the 13th of Sept. to get tested and shall be here about 3 weeks until I get my stem cell transplant.  I guess they have me scheduled for that the 4th of Oct. (but that can change) I go back in the 2nd of Sept. to speak with a series of people and blood work.  I also have a LOT of testing to do here as well before I go.


So please remember me in your prayers that God keeps me well now.  Thank you and God bless you all!  
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221 posted 08-24-2004 06:32 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

You sure have postive thoughts going down to Becky from me. I am also hoping the thrift sale in your home town does really well for you all.  

You are so strong in convictiona nd faith that I just know you will try to not let fear overtake you, as it can during this chapter of your journey.  Where there is hope there is strength and all of you and all of us here, will try ot keep you safe.  God bless.  
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222 posted 08-24-2004 10:56 PM       View Profile for sandgrain   Email sandgrain   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for sandgrain

I'm Becky's mom.  God is good.  Our clean, well decorated home sat on the market, priced right, but not selling.  'Twas a mystery to our agent as well as others who toured and showed it.  Rebecca was diagnosed with cancer, then it sold.  It was as if the good Lord said, "Wait in faith."  We'll be moving about 7 miles from her this coming Sat.  How about that for knowing you're being watched over?

Even 9/11 is good.  911 is Rebecca's house #.  9/11 is a fund raiser at the "Y" in her behalf.  9/11 is when our son comes in from CA for his physical and further testing, as donor for the traansplant.

Thank you all so very much for your continued prayers.

  Rae  
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223 posted 08-24-2004 11:46 PM       View Profile for Mysteria   Email Mysteria   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Mysteria

Rae,

It sounds to be only the start of series of tiny miracles your family will be involved in, and yes I agree, God is indeed good.  How absolutely incredible the 9/11 story is, but how wonderful.

I wish you all strength in these trying times, and will stand with everyone here in a prayer circle for daughter.  Thank you for updating us.
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224 posted 08-25-2004 12:59 AM       View Profile for iliana   Email iliana   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for iliana

Rae, thank you for sharing this with us.  Yes, God is Good!  My prayers are still with Becky and you all.   ....jo
 
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