Monday, February 12, 2007

Medical Update

When I was diagnosed with a relapse of acute promyelocytic leukemia on September 29th, 2006, I was told that the goal was to get me into remission, and then I would have a stem cell transplant to insure that I remain healthy. There are two types of transplants. One, which is called an autologous transplant, comes from your own cells which are harvested by a machine similar to that used in dialysis. This is the preferred transplant, because it really isn't a true transplant, and there is no risk of rejection. The other type of transplant comes from stem cells harvested from other peoples' blood. This type has an unnerving 30% mortality rate due to rejection issues.

Today I learned that I would be having an autologous stem cell transplant in May. A test was done two weeks ago that searched for leukemia cells at a level of 1 in 10,000. They could not find any! I feel an immense amount of relief, and thanksgiving. I wish to convey my heartfelt thanks to all those who have been praying for me and for this type of transplant in particular. I also thank God for His mercy. I still covet your prayers, and still lean on the everlasting arms of Christ my Savior. There are still dangers, and pain, chemotherapy, and a host of indignities to endure, but I have been given the precious gift of hope, and as Miss Dickenson wrote, "Hope is the thing with feathers."


Blogger Annette said...

Scott, we have been praying and will continue to do so. Praise the Lord for what he has given you so far. :)

8:13 AM  
Blogger Peter said...

Thanks be to God!

8:19 AM  
Blogger Rileysowner said...

I echo thanks to God as well. Will you be at the Banner this year?

9:43 AM  
Blogger Scribe said...

Alas, my stem cell transplant will be in May, so I will either be in the hospital or recovering from the effects of the chemo. If you go and recommend the speakers, I'll have to settle for the MP3s. Sorry to miss the fellowship the most.

9:42 PM  

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