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Kim’s Appointment 5-4

Kim had an oncology appointment yesterday.  She was extremely nervous going into this appointment.  She gave blood late last week with a different type of test being run this time.  I can’t remember exactly what it is was called, but basically they dissected her blood on several levels to check for the “hairy cell leukemia” presence.  The plan was if there were any present, she would need to do another round of chemo.  If there were none presence, a bone marrow biopsy would be done to definitively conclude that her body was in remission.

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Hairy Cell, named for the hair like appearance of the cell.  

 

GREAT NEWS!!!  There were no hairy cells present!!  Honestly, my hands were shaking waiting for that answer.  You hope for the best, but try to steel yourself for news that is less than the best.  We were so very, VERY thankful for this news.  While I can assure you that Kim felt like she would throw up upon hearing that she must complete another bone marrow biopsy (early next month),  she was also extremely relieved.  NOW…praying that the cells are not in the bone either!!  If the cells are still in her bone, she will obviously need to do another round of chemo still.  So while this is excellent news, we continue to ask for your prayers as this type of leukemia is something that Kim will need to contend with the rest of her life.  We are prayerful that she is in remission and that she can stay here for a LONG, LONG time.  We were told that it varies from person to person.  Some people remission lasts a year, some 20 before they must repeat this process. We are hoping and praying that she sets a new longevity mark in this disease.

We appreciate the prayers for overall healing.  Kim is still struggling with eating and sleeping.  Doctor was trying to address some of those this week.  Her energy is coming back, albeit still slowly.  She has been a person who go hard till she drops since I can remember. These last few months have certainly altered that, but she is and will continue to learn to listen to her body’s new rhythm.  She has returned to teaching and is doing well, but still needs to try to rest sometime in the course of the day.  I am thankful that school is nearly out and that hopefully she will enjoy a somewhat relaxing summer to rejuvenate, strengthen and completely heal her body!

Thank you all for the prayers and the encouragement.  We are both very grateful!  God is able and we are trusting Him for strength and His healing daily!

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2 Responses

  1. God is indeed good! Thanks for the update!

  2. Praise the Lord and continuous prayer for Kim and the whole family.

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