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figaro
10-23-2007, 09:07 AM
:cheering::cheering::cheering:

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:)

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

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

Knitting_Guy
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.

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

marykz
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!

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

Knitting_Guy
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:

GiddyKnitter
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

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

:hug:to the whole family!!

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

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

momwolf
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

scout52
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!!

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

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

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

dmknits
10-23-2007, 04:50 PM
:woohoo::woohoo:

stitchwitch
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:

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

The.Knitter
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!

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

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

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