As you know my brother-in-law Mike has been battling cancer, large follicular B cell lymphoma, to be exact. He has successfully completed his first stem cell transplant and is now getting ready for the second.
In case you were wondering “Why two?”, he needs two transplants to kill the cancer. The first one was called an “auto” where he received his own bone marrow, or stem cells, the second will be from a donor. The donor turned out to be his sister.
The tandem transplant is necessary because his bone marrow doesn’t work properly. Even though there are only trace amounts of the cancer since the first transplant, his abdomen is very active still. The good news is he did so well after the first one, he was able to come HOME for 2 weeks following. This is pretty much unheard of.
The second transplant is scheduled for the 24th of this month. He will only receive one treatment of radiation as opposed to the 6 he received for the first one. Then we wait and see if his sister’s stem cells “engraft” and kill the remaining cancer cells.
If ANYONE can do this Mike can!
So I will be back at my sister’s for the long haul. The recovery time is about 100 days..just until he can come home. It can take a year or more for the transplant to fully “take”.
As I sit at my sister’s, I sit in awe of how she takes care of her children, how she takes care of Mike and how she still has time to take care of me, her little sister.
I will do everything possible to keep Mike and Nichole stress free while he goes through this. I believe that if he can concentrate on getting better and not worry about here, the house, the kids, the dogs, the mail..etc., then this will be a testament to love and the power of healing.
Mike, you are so strong. I love you and our family so much. I know you guys think I am making a huge sacrifice by leaving my house and child, but it’s not. We are ALL in this together. You are making the sacrifice and thank you for making the choice to LIVE!
We need you and we love you. Heal well and fast. We will be waiting for you when you get home.
I love you Mike. My brother.