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Week 16

rev.dennis

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Here we go..  last week was a rough one with Kate running a fever of 103.8 after her port placement.  Then the horror of going through the Emergency Room at Harper Hutzel to then get admitted to the desired Karmanos.  It was a rough week but what they did worked since Kate had a good weekend as well as Monday and Tuesday.  Now we have two appointments (so far) for Wednesday and Thursday with Wednesday being the big day with Lab work, Dr consultation with Dr. Yang, chemo and then Lumbar Puncture.



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Bloodwork Results

  • Potassium: 
  • Bilirubin(Liver Function)
  • White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): .
  • Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): 
  • Platelets (PLT 150-500): 

Transfusions

  • Blood: NO
  • Platelets: NO

Procedures

  • Lumbar Puncture: YES
  • BoneMarrow Biopsy: NO

Chemo

  • Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO
  • Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion): YES/NO
  • Pegasparagus via drip (avg infusion): YES/NO
  • Cyclosphomine: YES/NO
  • Cytarabine: YES/NO
  • Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): YES/NO

So we should celebrate this day

Bone Marrow Biopsy from last week came back and showed no signs of Cancer

MRD test from last week came back and showed no signs of Cancer

Dr. Yang which hesitates to display any happiness with any news in fear of providing false hope, was visibly happy per what Kate said.  He mentioned that her change of survival has significantly increased and the chance of it returning has significantly decreased with these results.  Your prayers (my prayers) are being answered so thank you to all who have prayed for this cancer to go away.

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I don’t know where to start. I’ve had a challenging past week. I had a port put in and then got an infection and had to be hospitalized for a few days. It would be easy to look at these things at setbacks but Dennis and I continue to look for nothing but positivity. Since being released I have felt better and had a little more energy than I previously had. 

About 2 weeks ago I had a very big test done. We’ve been anxiously anticipating the results. Today I received those. The test was done to look at my cells at a micro level to determine the cancer cell ratio and how I was progressing. I am beyond happy to report that the results came back with no cancer found at the millionth cell level. My dr, who hesitates to say to be excited because he doesn’t want to give false hope, told me I should be celebrating the news. He was visibly happy as am I. This means that I still need to continue to finish our current chemo plan but my chance of survival has significantly increased and my chance of it returning has significantly decreased. 

It’s been a challenging few months for me. I have always believed myself to be a fighter and be strong enough to endure any challenge presented but this one has been a test of that. The odds have been against me in the sense that leukemia doesn’t have as high of a curability rate and my form of leukemia is very aggressive at that. We have continued to believe and pray that this is just a chapter in my story but I’d be lying if I didn’t say there have been difficult days. I can’t say thank you enough for everyone’s support and prayers...this is definitely not a battle I am fighting alone. Please know that today is a day of celebration because your prayers and ours are being answered. 

Thank you for making me believe in #k8strong and never giving up ❤️❤️❤️

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Thursday's 9am appointment will include

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Chemo

  • Daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion): NO
  • Vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion): NO
  • Pegasparagus via IV drip (avg 1hr infusion): YES
  • Cyclosphomine: NO
  • Cytarabine: NO
  • Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion): NO

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