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    Today Kate's brother Bill took the cut to support #k8strong. It was very emotional for kate since she didn't expect him to do it. Very cool Bill, very cool.
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    Today is a great day as it celebrates a day back in 1985 when Kate Michelle was born with the help of her loving parents Diane and Larry Sipes and her two protectors (big brothers) Bill and Corey. To really celebrate and understand someone's birthday, you take a minute and imagine what would life be like if they weren't born. I know I would of never found true love. Someone who cares as much for me as I do about them. A best friend that I don't mind being intimate with. Sharing life experiences together I couldn't imagine doing all these things without her. So her birthday is a big day for me. I'll quote many songs that say, "The world is a better place with you in it" can not be more true about you Kate. Happy Birthday!
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    So here we are at the end of another week. Today’s segment of “how much can we inject in her” was brought to you by 1 unit of blood and 1 unit of platelets. Although my platelet count is way lower than it should be, its higher than it has been so progress is being made. I woke up today feeling slightly nauseous and didn’t sleep well. The nausea seems to be subsiding (maybe my body just wanted the blood first) and my lack of sleep was due to a dog that is petrified of storms. At first I thought it was cute that she hated them as much as me....now not so much. Yesterday was my birthday under quarantine. I am still floored with the outpouring of love and support that I received. I am definitely feeling very blessed despite what the circumstances may look like. My husband never stops amazing me at the lengths he will go to make sure that I know I am loved. Let me tell you guys, its not in the flowers or chocolates or fancy dinners...real love is when they see you in your darkest hour and still know exactly how to make you smile by just being themselves. So this is it for this week. Monday you’ll get a new post to begin the new week and we continue on this cycle. For now, I am going to enjoy the weekend with my family and take comfort in what we have....each other. Bloodwork Results White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): .6 Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): 6.9 Platelets (PLT 150-500): 10 (double digits baby!!) Transfusions Blood: YES Platelets: YES
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    With this pandemic, one major change has been that Dennis can’t be with me at these appointments. It’s definitely challenging for both of us. I struggle to remember everything they are throwing at me and he cant keep up on the blog like he wants to. The goal of this blog was to help others that may be going through something similar and struggling to find stories of the process. I know I couldn’t find much to tell me what to expect. The major thing that I am constantly reminded of is no two peoples cancer journey is the same. Whether its the type of cancer you are fighting or even how your body is handling it. Don’t compare yourself to someone else...that can lead down a frustrating path. So here we are. Me trying to help my amazing husband out by doing my best to update this as I can. He has been my rock and continues to do so much for me on a daily basis, the least I can do is try and write some words. ***Obligatory warning*** I suck at writing. You’ll probably easily notice the difference in my posts and his. I probably would have done better in English in school if it weren’t for the writing part. So sorry folks, you get what you get Monday I saw Dr Yang. My blood counts have been lower than expected but he’s not overly concerned at this point, just cautious. It means however that I have to keep having these lab checks done and getting transfusions. Some days I feel like their just testing the boundaries of how much they can inject in me at once. But its all for the greater good so I continue to endure. I have another lab check today with the results below and Friday. I will have another chemo and lab check on Monday the 18th and then as of now that will finish this phase of chemo for a couple weeks. On the 26th, I will have a port placed and my picc line removed. It’s a fairly simple outpatient procedure and I’m looking forward to not having this in my arm anymore but I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was nervous about Dennis not being there when I wake up. Karmanos has been amazing though and I know I am in the best hands with the staff here. After the port placement I’ll get wheeled upstairs for Dr. Yang to do another bone marrow biopsy. My tolerance level for those and the lumbar punctures is reaching a disturbing level. The only nerves I have about the upcoming biopsy is the additional testing they are doing with the marrow. They are going to run a test called an MRD test which basically looks at the marrow at a micro level to view the cancer cells. We of course are hopeful and believing in positive results but I think that test result is what I am the most nervous I’ve been about. The anticipation certainly doesn’t help either. As long as all those results are good I’ll move on to the next phase of chemo. We don’t have a start date for that yet cuz its all pending these results. Dr. Yang again confirmed that as of now I will not be able to return to work until the end of September or beginning of October when I finish this “aggressive” round of chemo. Unfortunately that means I’m still a couple months away from having some type of normalcy return. Until then I will continue to try to update this blog as much as possible. Some days I have more energy than others but I will do my best. Plus there’s the part of hating writing and top that with my disgust of talking about myself. We’ll see how it goes. Thank you as always to everyone who reads this blog....your prayers and support for our family is what continues to push us to believe in the positive. Bloodwork Results White Blood Cells (WBC 4.0-10.0): .6 Hemoglobin (HGB 11.5-16.0): 7.3 Platelets (PLT 150-500): 3 Transfusions Blood: NO Platelets: YES
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    We are at the Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit for our 3rd Chemotherapy Treatment as part 3 of 4 of the Induction process. This week they are introducing Rituxin to the normal two she has been receiving. It appears Rutuxin has less side effects as the new drug they used last week so that is good. Especially since I'm on-call starting Tuesday to Tuesday so I will be concentrating more on my job. If we take last week as any indication on how busy On-Call has been, I'll be busy every night but very lucky to have such a great company to work for as they have been understanding and working with me through this tough time in my life. 7:15am In waiting in the waiting room to be called back 7:45am Took us to Room #6 where they took her weight, blood pressure and took 5 test tubes of blood (green, pink, yellow, purple) 9:00am Received the results from bloodwork they took at 7:45am. Most numbers are good (except White Blood Cell count) Potassium: 3.9 White Blood Cell (WBC): 0.4 Hemoglobin: 8.8 Platelets: 79 9:15am Got our visit from Dr. Yang. He said all was good. He wants to keep an eye on liver numbers which are high but expected after the pegaspargase Kate received last week. He also mentioned he would send a prescription for Ambien to help Kate sleep a full night since she isn't currently which they believe is the result of the steroids which she just needs to take for these last two weeks of the Induction phase. He mentioned that the Tuesday with no chemo she has to get another bone marrow biopsy to see how the treatment is progressing. He also said that the corona virus that is spreading like widfire could really cause some significant issues so be very cautious about being around anyone sick, especially with the white blood cell count so low. Kate should still be excercising/moving around but not around people mainly as much as she can, stay home and away from anyone sick. 9:35am Nurse begins the process of the pre-drugs Two Regular Tylenol via pills Benaryl via Syringe Hydrocortisone steroid via a Syringe 10:00 am Nurse is starting the Zofran IV drip (avg 30minutes) and yes, Kate is getting very sleepy. This time we got a room with a hospital bed versus a chair. I see ZZzzz's in kate's near future. next will be the 2 normal chemo drugs and the rituxan. First two take about 5min each and the Rituxan takes 4 hours minimum. 10:30am Kate received the daunorubicin via Syring (avg 5min infusion) 10:40am Kate began receiving the vincristine via IV drip (avg 5min infusion) 10:55am Kate began receiving the Rituxan via IV drip (avg 4hour infusion) - NEW 11:15am Nurse woke Kate up from a pretty deep sleep to check her vitals. You could see how unpleasant Kate was with that sleep interruption. 12:30pm Kate is awake, I got her some apples and caramel and she is watching her shows and just ordered some chicken and dumpling soup. Everything is moving right along. It doesn't even look like the Rituxan IV bag is even going down but I'm sure it is.
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    We are "suppose" to be on the last week of the Induction process. It's very very busy in the waiting room (more so than we have ever seen). Asking if she needs to continue the Bactrin prescription or not since she has a refill on the bottle so before we go get it refilled, making sure she needs to continue. Mentioning her ribs starting hurting Tuesday March 3rd, 2020.... 9:50am Kate got her blood work done (they are so busy so running behind schedule) 11:30am Kate got brought back for her Lumbar Puncture. 12:05pm Finished with Lumbar Puncture (kate is happy.. way better than before), now we wait an hour with her flat on her back with an IV drip of saline to hydrate her. She must drink lots of fluids (recommended caffeine to help her keep headache away)
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    It was a rough week for some reason. Kate has been super sore Monday and Tuesday feeling very nauseated and not comfortable at all. Queasy feeling. I had a hard time getting her to eat and drink which I feel was important since many different doctors and nurses all stressed how important drinking plenty of fluids is important. Good news is today (Wednesday) she is feeling a bit better and has an appetite.
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    Watching how my wife goes through the struggles while at the beginning stages of this fight against cancer, I want to support her. She feels so awkward loosing her hair due to the chemotherapy that I don’t want her or anyone fighting cancer to feel alone.
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    Kate, I’m thinking of you. Sending love to you!
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    When my mom went through cancer and chemo she had me get her a calendar from the dollar store. She wrote down everything in that thing; what treatments started when, reactions, test results, etc. when the doctors would come in and ask her questions she would hand them the calendar. The doctors said it was very helpful. She also made a Summary list that we both carried around for years after to let doctors know her history. Will keep you busy keeping track and save time! Wish I would have thought of it earlier to tell you..
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    my prayers are constantly with you two!!! I am glad she has the support system she has. During all this it is critical. I hope she can get some sleep soon please let me know if I can do anything to help
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    Good night. I hope Kate gets some sleep (you too Dennis). Keep fighting the Cancer. I know together you can beat it.
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    Keeping the prayers going... Been thinking about you guys all day. Hope you're both able to get some sleep.
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    Thank you for all the updates, Dennis! Hope the staff are treating her good, as well as you. Loved the pic with the dogs. So sweet Please give her my love. You're both in my thoughts and prayers. - Dréa
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    Came home from a tough appointment today to find a care package waiting for Kate. one of the sweetest women at Mclaren health plan is always looking out for how she can encourage and help others. One of those ways is through her “Abby Angel’s”. She lost someone and decided years ago to light the path for others struggling by giving these angels when they are needed. It is an honor to be gifted one by Lana because it means that she is now a warrior for your battle. We came home today to a package of an Abby Angel from Lana’s personal collection to watch over and protect while we fight this battle. Words cannot express the thoughtfulness and encouragement that this angel and sweet Lana has instantly brought to our home. Thank you all for being part of our warrior tribe. With this much determination, there is no way we won’t succeed in our battle.

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