Three weeks ago I was told by a pallative care team at Stanford that I would have three to four weeks of life left. I had a beautiful baptism arranged by my soul sister, Stephanie Busch. My baptism and celebration day was the most special day of my life. I am grateful for everyone who helped make that day the best day ever!!!
I have attended church religiously and have had many people reach out to me. My good friend and nurse, Janell arranged for her priest to have a blessing performed after mass on Sunday – it was very emotional and I cannot be more grateful for the friends who attended and also blessed me!
Last Sunday, The Sisterhood LA Foundation took me to Disneyland. Before Disneyland, one of the sisters took me to her church and after mass, she asked her priest to bless me. Words cannot express how beautiful that day was for me. I am fortunate to have had the presence of such a humble and kind group of women.
This past week I have been with my mother. I had a stomach flu and was not feeling well. Was this going to be it for me? Afterall, it is coming very close to the three to four weeks I have left according to pallative care! One can only imagine what may be going through my mind or how all my loved ones were feeling.
Yesterday was a big day at Stanford. We talked with my team of nurses and my doctor while waiting (a bit apprehensive) for test results. Within moments my mother and I received notice that my labs (blood test results) came back lookng great. What does this mean? It means the leukemia has not taken over my body. Now most know that THIS IS NOT NORMAL for a leukemia patient who has not received treatment or blood transfusion products!!!! In fact, my test results are completely backwards from what they should look like! WOW. Even the nurses and my doctor were in disbelief. Does this mean that the cancer is gone? No way. But it does mean that I have a littler more time… I don’t know how much time, the doctors don’t know how much time, and we won’t know until I become sick again.
Today, some influential people connected to The University of Pennsylvania and from Stand Up To Cancer reached out with some positive news. I will not go into details yet as I do not want to get anyones hopes up.
What I want to say is that I am so grateful for everyone who has blessed me with their company over the last few weeks. You have all help me in so many ways and I am so fortunate to have all of you in my life. You keep me inspired and determined, to say the least.
Finally, I want to thank all of my friends, family, priests, organizations and all other loved ones for praying for meover the last few weeks. And I want to THANK GOD for answering those prayers!
I love all of you! God Bless!!!