I’m doing well, thank you. Very well, as a matter of fact.
The most encouraging news came over the past few weeks as I extended the time between transfusions. 3 weeks between platelets and 2 weeks between red blood cells. That’s a good sign that my bone marrow is starting to actually make cells as the decline isn’t so rapid.
In the past few weeks, I’ve had this strong feeling inside that things were heading in the right direction, albeit with cautious optimism. This past week, I knew that I felt the best I’ve felt.
That’s of course, after I had 6 needle sticks last Wednesday for my transfusion until they could find a vein that still worked….
But I had a good feeling about today. I’d been praying really hard this past week, asking God for an ANC of 800. But I told God I’d take whatever he wanted. I was ready for 600. But He delivered with 1200!
Praise God. My ANC is 1200. In case you’re wondering, that’s only 300 from ‘low normal’ for my neutroPHILs! Amazing news!
That coincides with the highest count of white blood cells I’ve had since January. And my red blood cell count is the best they’ve been since returning home on April 10. Platelets are still pretty low, but the counts are holding steady.
I can’t thank everyone enough for their prayers. It still amazes me to know how many people tell me they are always thinking about me and praying for me. Your prayers work! THANK YOU and Keep ‘em coming!
Matthew 18:20. “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”
Even if we ‘gather’ on Facebook or Twitter.
I’m convinced that God gave me this disease for a good reason and a purpose. In addition to bringing me closer to Him, I’ve been honored to hear so many people comment on how inspiring this blog has been. (To be quite honest, it’s more therapeutic for me!). And I’m so proud of the awareness we’ve raised for blood and bone marrow donations.
I’m very thankful for my co-workers at Hygenic/Performance Health in Akron Ohio, whom I’ve worked with for nearly 15 years now. 28 people donated in my name a few weeks ago. We are now at 85 blood and platelet donors. Please continue donating to save someone’s life!
And in 2 weeks, I’m happy to announce that we will be having a Bone Marrow Donor drive at the National Athletic Trainers Association meeting in Indianapolis…a chance to reach thousands of athletic trainers and give them an opportunity to add their name to the “Be the Match” registry.
With my road to recovery being paved, my new motto is “Vivo Vitae, Datus Vitae” which is Latin for “To Live Life, To Give Life.”
I hope you choose to do both as well.