Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Sibling Donor Tests!

AML sometimes requires a bone marrow transplant. The doctors have not yet decided if Rachel will need a bone marrow transplant, but as a standard precaution, Emily and I (Adam) were tested today to see if we are a match, should Rachel need a transplant. It was good to feel like we were doing something to help, and we got to meet a very interesting hospital employee...and a very nice, normal phlebotomist. Fun times. Check out Emily's awesome bracelet and bright orange band-aid.

We'll let everyone know if either of us are a match- cross your fingers!



  1. Way cool ! and an orange band-aid. You are right how good it feels to be able to be do something. Emily and Adam you both are awsome ! Thank you so much for doing this amazing blog! It helps those of us so far away to feel so close. We love you guys. Rachel you are my hero! Facing each day with your fighting heart! You are truley Steelestrong!!!!!
    We Love you...
    The California Crew...the Sniderbunch

  2. Hey. Hey. Hey. Just here to give you some comment love. Today, Dallin told his Gma Duncan all about how brave you are! it was really cute. Ellie talks about "Rashl-a" all the time, too (She puts an "a" sound on the end of everything). They pray for you (and so do we) all the time. My mom was telling me how funny you were last year at girls camp...Nacho. I know that everyone there will miss you so much this year! We love you and hope that you aren't feeling too sick!

  3. Wow!! how great of the both of you! You all are my heros!! Tanner I want you to know that I love to watch the care and love you have for Rachel too, you are wonderful!!
    Love to you all,
    lots of prayers coming your way!

  4. I sure hope you don't have to get a transplant, but if you do, it would be great if Adam or Emily are a good match. I'm sure my mom told you that my brother in law is recovering from leukemia and a bone marrow transplant. It's a rough road, but he is doing really well.

  5. Rachel,
    This is Shelley Walters mum. I just want you to know that I am thinking of you and am saying lots of prayers.
    Shelley keeps me informed on how you are feeling and I hope you are comfortable this morning.
    I love the photos of you Rachel, and your beautiful smile. You look just like your mom I would know you anywhere!
    God bless,
    Ronda Tracy

  6. Rachel,
    Hey honey!!
    Keep up the good work! We know you can do it!! We love you so much. Sorry we forgot to send a pic of Tate, but I took a super cute one of him the other day at a track meet.(where else would we be?!) Joe has the state track meet on friday. He is going to run the 800 and 1500 and try to qualify for regional in Colorado. We'll see. We'll let you know how he does.

    Love ya LOTS and LOTS!!!!!!
    the benson fam and all our crazy kids