We are now getting ready to take the next step, into the home stretch.
We just came back from a visit to the Doctor. She reviewed the test results of two weeks ago, PRAISE THE LORD!!!! - All tests resultes came in clean. This may be an indication that the lukemia is in remission. In addition, the Doctor reviewed the next steps, starting with:
26 January, Thursday - Cheryl is admitted back into the hospital - They will remove pic-line (or IV line) from her arm and install one with three ports into her chest.
27-28 January, Friday-Saturday - Begin 48 hours of continous Chemotheropy.
29 - January, Sunday - Day of rest for Cheryl.
30 JAN - 03 FEB - Monday - Friday - Full Body Radiation, twice a day for four days.
30 January Monday - Cheryl's sister arrives at house, to begin recieving the double injections of growth hormone shots that will increase her body's production of stem cells. She will take these injections twice a day for 4 days.
02 FEB 2006 - Thursday - Cheryl's sister enters the hospital to let them harvest her stem cells. This may take one or two days.
03 FEB 2006 - Friday - They begin the stem cell transplant, immediately following the full body radiation treatment.
From this point on it will be wait and watch. Cheryl will be in the hospital any where from three to four weeks. There will be a point when she either won't feel like having visitors and/or can't have visitors due to her immune system. We will advise you all through this update when it will be safe to visit Cheryl.
I am thankful that through this whole process, because each and everyone of you have been faithfully praying for us, Cheryl has remained steadfast in her faith and continued to submit herself fully to the Lords will. Togeather we will make it through this step in life and be the proud witness of God's Glory and abilities.
May God Bless each and everyone of you through her suffering.
Gene, Cheryl and Family