Monthly Archive: July 2011

Jul 31 2011

Today is my ‘Rest Day’

The time spent in the hospital for my stem cell transplant is measured on an interesting scale. The date on which my previously harvested stem cells will be returned to me is called Day 0. Days before then are measured as negative days, and after then as positive days. Depending on the chemotherapy protocol required, …

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Jul 23 2011

My Next Step Ahead: BEAM Chemotherapy

In just two short days, I’ll be sitting in a hospital in Saint Louis, Missouri, getting my first dose of the chemotherapy which precedes my stem cell transplant. I intend to keep everyone up to date here and elsewhere. I know I’m not going through this alone. What is BEAM? As with many other chemotherapy …

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Jul 11 2011

Mobilizing Stem Cells in St. Louis

I’m in St. Louis at the moment, having lunch while I wait for another appointment for an injection of Mozobil. It helps to stimulate stem cell production in my bone marrow. Tomorrow will be the first day of pheresis, in which they harvest stem cells. With luck, they’ll get enough of the cells in the …

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Jul 03 2011

Bone Marrow Biopsy Number Two

I had my first bone marrow biopsy over a year ago, just after being diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. In preparation for my upcoming stem cell transplant, another biopsy was called for. This time I managed to get some photographs of the procedure, thanks to the assistance of my wife, Tammy. The biopsy procedure took place …

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