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Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Completing the LT (not the Long Trail) but Leukemia Treatment

Well it has been almost a month since I updated this blog. My last posting was titled " No Rain, No Pain, No Maine"........well we sure got the Rain, it rained every day and night that we were on the trail.......we sure as hell got the Pain, Toesocks got weak and out of breath as we hiked and had to be taken to the hospital where she was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia, and so...we also got NO MAINE! To make a long and scary story short she has been through one ambulance ride, countless blood tests, a hospital stay in New York, a flight to Dallas, a trip to the Emergency Room in Dallas, a hospital stay in Dallas, three Bone Marrow biopsies, 6 blood tranfusions, one infection, one surgery for the infection, continual antibiotic infusions and so far, 2 weeks in the hospital here in Dallas. I thought after breaking her leg last year on the AT and hiking out five miles on it that she was tough...but after all she has been through this time, all the while keeping a positive attitude and sense of humor, I know she is FAR tougher than I could ever hope to be!
We just got the results back this morning after she had a bone marrow biopsy and it looks like the first round of chemo has done its job and she does not need another round, at least not right away. Maybe this break will let her get her white cell count back up to fight off the infection she got from the IV needle they inserted in the ambulance in New York. She is in great spirits and after the good news this morning I think we can all breathe a little sigh of relief!
I do want to take a moment to thank all our relatives and friends who have helped out and offered support and encouragement. We are not the kind of people who are comfortable accepting help from anyone or putting people out so it has been humbling to see all the help that has been offered from everyone we know. Hiking the Appalachian Trail has renewed my faith in people that had been sorely tested living in the ratrace that is Dallas, and now to expirience all this outpouring of support from friends and family has been truly a blessing! Thank you all!

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