Thursday, April 12, 2012

Yes, I'm Still Alive...

Sorry it has been so long since I have posted! I guess I just got used to not posting, but there is a lot I need to update you wonderful bloggers on. My club team this year took third in the Denver Crossroads Open division, qualifying us for Open Nationals in Columbus, Ohio this June. Also as far as volleyball goes.... I have committed to play for Utah Valley University next fall! I can't believe I have gotten this far, it truly is a miracle (you can ask anyone who was around when I first started playing again...I couldn't run 50 yards without feeling like I was going to pass out...when I say miracle I mean MIRACLE)

I am really excited, although there is still a lot of work to be done to get my body back into a lethal machine. :) Health wise everything is still looking great, I only have to go into clinic every 3 months, my next appointment is sometime in May, and then in June I go in for a long term BMT appointment (after the year mark of transplant they send you back over to oncology) I can't believe that on June 12 this year it will have been 2 years since I was diagnosed. It feels like just yesterday, and yet at the same time there are days it seems like it never happened. But to be honest, there are always times when I dwell on what could have been had I not gotten sick. But I know that I am now stronger because of it. 

Other fun facts: My dearest mother will be speaking at Women's conference at BYU about her experience with adversity. And I also do speaking things here and there: firesides, assemblies, etc., I realized I really enjoy speaking and being able to share my story. My hair continues to grow longer, I really should post some pictures... Prom is coming up so maybe I will just wait a week and kill two birds with one stone. (or make like Chuck Norris and kill two stones with one bird) < that was a shout out to my little brother Tanner who is obsessed with the 75 year old Walker Texas Ranger. Once again, sorry for taking so long to post...and I just want to say thank you again for all of your prayers when I was sick, I know that I wouldn't be here without them, and that I am here for a reason. Thank you all, my blogging minions, for being great!! 



  1. Rachel, I am so glad you're going to UVU, that will be a great experience for you. Sometimes I think about how you were so sick after transplant and how we were all so worried about you. It truly is a miracle that you are back into full life. We are so grateful that you and Erin and doing so well. We should celebrate the 2 year mark together. We love you guys and miss you, but we're glad we're not ICS neighbors anymore. :)

  2. Your story has brought so much comfort to Spencer and to us...thank you for continuing to share. Congratulations on the college/volleyball news! :)

  3. Hi Rachel, I grew up in the 5th ward and my family went to school with some of the Steeles (lol there are so many of you, who hasn't) so I've been following your story from the beginning. Anyway, my step sister was sent to Primary Childrens last night and diagnosed with AML. She's just coming out of sophomore year in Spanish fork and begins chemo today.
    I've hoped and prayed for your recovery and now that my family is beginning this terrible journey, your story gives me hope that there is a chance for her to beat this. Thanks for being brave and for sharing your story from the very beginning.

  4. we were referred to your blog by Karyn Clement. I work with her. Our daughter was just diagnosed this last week with acute myeloid leukemia also. She was complaining of the same things you were. She is currently in ICS, and had her 4th IV of Chemo today. We are anxious, and your blog gives us much hope. I will share it with my daughter, and maybe next time you are up this way, stop in and say hello to her. Caitlin Butcher, room 4416. thanks for posting, Andy Butcher