{Guest Post} Local Survivor and Mommy of Two



  

Local Survivor and Mommy of two

In July of 2011, at 32 years old, I was diagnosed with Lymphoblastic Lymphoma.  At the time, I had a nine-month-old baby girl and my oldest daughter was not quite 3 years old. 

My doctors told me that I needed a bone marrow transplant.  None of my 6 siblings were a match.   By the grace of God, a new donor to the Bone Marrow Registry was a perfect match for me. 

I received my transplant on February 16, 2012.  It is my new birthday.  I was in the hospital for 30 days.  I endured total body radiation and a crazy amount of chemotherapy and other medicine and treatment prior to receiving my donor’s cells.  My counts started to climb as my donor’s cells grafted.  I had tests at the 30-day, the 3-month, 6-month, and 12-month mark.

Bone marrow biopsies and PET scan showed no sign of cancer,
no markers, no disease, and 100% donor cells!!!!!!!

Physical therapy started next and helped me get stronger.  I have continued an exercise routine after completion and have improved my stamina and strength immensely.  I am able to run around with my daughters, who are almost 3 and 5 now, to their various activities.  My husband is able to work and travel for work the way he needs to.  We are able to enjoy family and friend time, travel, go to public places, eat out, etc.   We have been making up for lost time and have kept extremely busy!

I look forward to my second birthday in February!!!

I have been doing great now but I cant help but think of those I met with blood cancer that could be doing better or that didn’t make it because the lack of treatment on the market that could help cure a patient or reduce the amount of sickness and pain from treatment. 

This is why our family, friends and community will gather again and walk in support of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) through the local Light The Night Walk.

Please consider joining our team to Walk and show your support of all patients touched by cancer, or consider making a donation to LLS.  $0.78 of every dollar directly funds local research and local patient support services and financial aid.  Your support will make a difference.  Thank you!


Register to Walk with our team, or donate at: http://pages.lightthenight.org/epa/Chester13/teamberrios

3 comments:

Carrie said...

Thanks for sharing this story! It's also a reminder to go get my name on the registry in case I'm a match for someone.

Heather said...

We had a friend's family member go through something similar - They started Smiles for Shira, an organization to help promote bone marrow registration...through their organization, they have found a whole bunch of matches for people!

fourth st payphone said...

what an inspiring story! Thank you for sharing