View Full Version : My brother is getting his bone marrow transplant!

10-23-2007, 09:07 AM

Not sure who all remembers that my oldest brother has been having problems. First they said it was Aplastic Anemia but he has been rediagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/treatment/myelodysplastic/patient).

He has had his immune system shut down 2 times and this last time, his platelets were the last to come back. He was sent to San Francisco and while he was down there, they found a PERFECT match (10 out if 10!!) for a bone marrow transplant! He called me in tears, at first it scared me but when he told me, my tears started too. This has really been very rough on him, we all were raised as Jehovah's Witnesses and he is bapitised and still goes. He had himself checked to see if he could do a bloodless bone marrow transplant but for some reason he can't. He gets blood and platelets quite a bit, this is huge. He has been released from SF and is home now but he has to go back for the transplant on Nov. 5, stays in the hospital for at least 6 weeks and then has to stay in the Bay Area for another 4 months. My SIL bought him a portable DVD player for his room and my mom is loaning him, for the entire time he is down there, her laptop computer. They need to upgrade it as it has WIN 98 on it and he wants it to be wireless but it will get done!

I can't wait for 6 months to pass so he can get back to driving truck! (I keep telling him about Mason but he refuses to learn how to knit!:lol:)

10-23-2007, 09:15 AM
That's great!! I'll be keeping him in my thoughts and best wishes!:hug:

10-23-2007, 09:15 AM
I hope all goes well for him.

10-23-2007, 09:24 AM
That's great news. He'll back out on the road before you know it.

With six months of down time maybe he'll rethink the knitting. Tell him I said to stop being such a sissy and learn the manly art of knitting.

10-23-2007, 09:29 AM
That is wonderful news!!! :woot:

10-23-2007, 09:54 AM
that is fantastic!!! I'm so glad that he found a perfect match!!!!! hope it all goes smoothly and that the 6 months pass in a flash!

10-23-2007, 09:54 AM
Mason, I'll tell him but he is more stubborn than me!!

10-23-2007, 09:55 AM
Mason, I'll tell him but he is more stubborn than me!!

Of course he's stubborn, he's a trucker. :rofl:

10-23-2007, 10:00 AM
That is really good news and 6 months is nothing in a lifetime!
Good luck to your bro and his family x

10-23-2007, 10:05 AM
:woot:What wonderful news!!

:hug:to the whole family!!

10-23-2007, 10:16 AM
That's wonderful news!!

10-23-2007, 10:28 AM
That's great! Best wishes for a trouble free transplant and speedy recovery!! :hug:

10-23-2007, 11:05 AM
What great newshttp://smileys.smileycentral.com/cat/23/23_30_104.gif Here's hoping for a speedy recovery

10-23-2007, 01:17 PM
what great news!! :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo: 10 for 10 !! :woohoo::woohoo::woohoo: here's to a trouble free transplant!!

10-23-2007, 02:27 PM
How awesome!! Keeping him and your family and the donor in our thoughts!!

10-23-2007, 04:03 PM
That is terrific news! Hope everything goes smoothly for him.

10-23-2007, 04:36 PM
Best wishes to him for a speedy recovery :hug:

10-23-2007, 04:50 PM

10-23-2007, 05:04 PM
Fabulous, just fabulous. I hope everything goes smoothly on the 5th and that he has a quick, full recovery. :cheering::cheering:

10-23-2007, 06:03 PM
Wonderful knews. Best wishes for his long long life ahead.:yay:

10-23-2007, 06:14 PM
Here's to a quick and easy recovery and a long healthy life ahead (so he has time to learn to knit).

P.S. Did anyone notice that Mason is wearing his Palindrome hat and scarf in his picture? Way to go Mason, it looks wonderful on you, and sooo manly!

10-24-2007, 02:37 AM
That's great news:cheering::cheering::cheering:Best of luck and fast recovery:muah:

10-24-2007, 03:13 AM
:woot: that's great news! :hug: and :pray: for the family

10-24-2007, 10:58 AM
That's awesome!!! I'll keep him and your family in my prayers!