I want to extend a huge, “Thanks & I love you guys!” to the men of Christ Church…
They wanted to do something to support and encourage me in my journey, and came together for a head-shaving event last Saturday, plus others doing it on their own at home. SO COOL to have the men of the church & leadership do something so honoring — you guys rock and I’m moved by your love and respect. Check out these pics I’m getting printed for my hospital room
2 million stem cells were needed from Thursday’s harvest. The # of my stem cells collected was 31.16 million! Crazy…
The fruit of 6 days of waking up at 6am to do 2 injections of the growth factor Neupogen—to help my stem cells grow and move from my bone marrow out to peripheral blood.
The side effect of Neupogen they warned us about was “bone pain.” That was vague and kind of creepy sounding.. Not descriptive enough to be helpful in knowing what to expect. Well, we found out what it’s like and there’s really no good way to describe it! Some people don’t get it as bad as others and apparently there’s a correlation between the amount/degree of bone pain to the # of stem cells collected. That makes sense because by the time Tuesday rolled around my pain was through the roof. In a 31 million vs. 2 million kinda way So that validation was nice for some reason.
Since Thursday I’ve just been continuing to process what happened and what that was like. Lots of you have said things about how strong I am and I really appreciate the encouragement because it’s made me realize it doesn’t make any sense. God has given me clarity about it. See because I never would have been able to endure that myself.
I’ve thought about that some and God gave me some clarity on that—the