July 2= Day 1- Hospital admission
July 3= Day 2- Day 1 of High-dose Melphalan IV chemo begins
July 4= Day 3- Day 2 of High-dose Melphalan IV chemo continues
July 5= Day 4- My stem cells arrive, are infused via my Hickman catheter, and my one month journey to near death, recovery and eventual remission begins in full force
just about a week and a half after these pictures
only day 2 of my hospitalization
I knew that I had battled a battle I never chose to battle, and I knew I battled deadly complications. But I also knew that I was RELEASED from from that hospital ALIVE, and I had a chance to stay alive. I was given another chance at life and living, and 4 years later here I STILL am!
Yes, Myeloma came back mid 2013, but my initial high-dose chemo treatments, my Autologous Stem Cell Transplant, along with 1.5 years maintenance chemo post transplant, gave this cowgirl additional years! I continue to battle forward now that myeloma has returned, and will battle as long as I am strong enough to do so. I have so much to live for, and so much life left within me. Yes my future scares me. Yes additional chemo scares me, but I keep on keeping on... downing my pills and meds daily! But I live today, focus on today, smile and laugh any chance I get, and I look forward to all my tomorrows!
Happy 4th "New Immune System" Birthday to me today!