Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Today is Wednesday

As you can see I am losing my creativity when it comes to Post Titles. Hopefully that is something that will come back to me haha We went to clinic yesterday, everything looked really good except my kidney levels are continuing to go up. They don't really know why but are trying taking me off a certain medicine to see if that helps any. I also went yesterday to the Moran Eye Center. Cataracts can be some side effects of radiation so we went and got my eyes checked to make sure I didn't have any problems. The doctors said my eyes and vision are still very good. STILL? It's like they phrase it as if they are expecting them to go bad. But that is just the world of cancer for ya, a lot of fear and paranoia, praying that nothing goes wrong. I have been very lucky, things have gone in my favor so far.

For school I am taking a human physiology course, and it is simply amazing what the body is capable of. All the intricate systems, where everything has to work just right to keep us alive. My body went through lethal doses of radiation, wiping out my bone marrow to make room for new bone marrow. If I wouldn't have gotten the new marrow, the radiation would have swept through the rest of my body. My transplant saved my life in many ways. 30 years ago if I would have gotten AML they would have sent me home to die, and now here I am, on the road to recovery. The transplant road is a long one; I am still getting better in many ways. Gaining back all my muscle, working on eating regularly, trying to get by on what little energy I have, and just trying to move on with life. At times I struggle to see it, but I have been truly blessed. Science and the human body are in and of itself a true miracle.

I am so grateful for all of the prayers and support, for all of my family and friends. Your prayers are the reason I am alive. Thank you.



  1. We'll keep on praying! So glad to hear good reports and to know what to specifically pray about. You're great!

  2. I agree the body is amazing! All the things that do have to work together to keep in balance it all is just amazing. I am glad you are continuing to do well. You are still in all of our family prayers. All 5 of my kids say bless Skyler, Cami, Rachel,Millie and Logan and they even have their little 3 and 5 yr old friends praying for you as well. It's so neat to watch. You really are being prayed for everyday by many!

  3. I just found your blog today and Im so glad I did! Im so sorry that you have to go through this. As I read what you've gone through, it reminded me a lot of myself (of course not the same thing since I don't have cancer, but I have a life threatening disease). Im also 17(actually I turn 18 this Saturday :)) and am struggling with Stage 3 Lyme Disease. I've been sick for over 4 years and in treatment for 2 years. I also haven't been to go to school in 2 years because Im in and out of the hospital and just too sick. I live in Oklahoma and my doc is in Nevada because no one here will treat me so I go there a lot for treatments. I have a port in my chest and do ivs at home a lot too.

    You are such an encouragement to me! Im so glad you have a great support system, as do I! I just wanted to say hi and that Im praying for you! God is so good and is using you to touch other peoples lives. Stay strong, Im 100% behind you.

    This is my favorite verse, I hope it encourages you too.

    "My flesh and my heart may fail, but GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever" Psalm 73:26

    With love,

  4. Glad to hear good news. We love you Rachel!

  5. Thanks for the inspirational thoughts, Rachel. Sounds like that class is a very good one. We should all be grateful for medical technology and the amazing strides that have been made that enable people with serious illnesses to live long and healthy lives. We're sure grateful to all the doctors who spent so much time and money on their education to learn how to treat you!