Towards a Bone Marrow Transplant

I need a new immune system since mine no longer recognizes and attacks cancer cells; that is why on September 16, 2014 I am going to have a bone marrow transplant at Johns Hopkins. My amazing sister Caro is my donor!!!

A bone marrow transplant looks like a regular blood transfusion. The difference is that this procedure provides a cure for many types of blood cancers and saves lives. The transplant entails taking healthy cells from a compatible donor and infuse those into the bloodstream of the patient. In order to prepare the patient for the transplant high dose chemo and radiation are required.to replace the old and defective cells.  After the transplant the patient has a high risk of infection and needs to be isolated, wear a mask, and be extremely careful with potential sources of external infections.

The type of transplant I will have is called a haplo, half, or mini. This is an option for patients like me that don’t have a donor who is 100% match but have relatives that are 25% or above compatible. Before my transplant on Tuesday I have to do 5 days of chemo and 1 day of full body radiation. Today is my day No.2 of chemo and I am feeling well, just a bit tired.

These days I have a lot of mixed feelings, sometimes I am positive and hopeful and others I am just plain scared about everything. I am living one day at a time and thinking about what I want to do once I am healthy again and free to live my life free of this disease.

I am reading the book “Raw Faith” from cancer survivor Kasey Van Norman a great resource that is helping me to strengthen my faith; something I need so much right now.

Thank you for reading, thank you for the prayers, the positive energy, and encouragement.

I will keep you posted!

Love, Bea

PD. Before the chemo gets all my hair. I cut it short.

Short Hair Again

37 thoughts on “Towards a Bone Marrow Transplant

  1. Hola, mi esposa Cynthia, mi hija Regina y yo somos amigos de Caro y de Rafa y hemos seguido de cerca todo tu proceso por lo que tu hermana nos comenta, quiero decirte que admiramos tu fortaleza y la voluntad para seguir adelante, así que desde acá mucha fuerza y los mejores deseos, todo saldrá bien, un abrazo y nuestro reconocimiento a tu hermana Caro

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  2. I will look forward to following your recovery. My boyfriend is in day three of radiation and will follow with two days of chemo, stem cell transplant will be Sept. 24th. (For Leukemia.) God Bless.

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  3. Bety estamos contigo desde el inicio en nuesyras oraciones mi jijo y yo pefimos por ti eres un ejemplo de vida Dios te bendiga

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  4. Bea, I have no doubt that you will triumph with your usual grace. I am so sorry that you have to fight this battle, but know that there are so many people who are fighting with you, next to you, behind you and all around you. I am sending light and prayers and strength. Love to you and Dave, Serena

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  5. Dear Bea and David,
    I am one of the neighbors on Wrayswood and got to meet you this summer finally. I told you then that I have been praying for you, and I want you to know that I have been especially praying for you this month. Tomorrow is the big day, and it is in God’s hands. What better place is there? We are all pulling for you and can’t wait to see your next entry when you feel up to it. May you be filled with peace and surrounded with angels during the procedure.
    Praying for you and thinking of you a lot —
    Carol Kuhn

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  6. Dear Beatriz, I’m really at a loss for words- seems that everyone else has expressed every sentiment possible. Living in the moment is a gift- even the hardest ones- knowing that the only thing to do is feel fully, embrace the fear, pain, anger, and knowing that next moment or a few from now, another emotion will move in to replace it. Experiencing all of this- is truly living, which you do with grace, strength and humility. I’m thinking of you all the time even though we don’t speak often. We are all with you. – Betsy

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  7. Eres mi heroe! Estoy pensando en ti, mandandote Amor, abrazos y buena vibra desde Aca. Te extraño Amiga- eres una de las luces brilliantes de Este mundo.

    Jess

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  8. Querida Betty:
    No tengo mucho q decir más que te quiero muchísimo y te mando la mejor de las vibras hoy y siempre. Estas en mi corazón y siempre presente en mis oraciones. Eres una guerrera y un ejemplo de vida … Y estoy segura que vas a estar muy bien y que pronto tendremos oportunidad para celebrar un logro más en tu vida!! Te quiero!!!

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  9. Bety, siempre estás en mis pensamientos y especialmente ahora te mando todos mis mejores deseos … Estoy segura que vas a estar muy bien! Te mando un fuerte abrazo!! Te quiero mucho amiguita!!
    Ayari

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  10. Dear Bea, As always you and David are in our thoughts and prayers. Thanks for sharing your “journey” with us. All our love, Tom and Sue

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  11. You are constantly in my thoughts and prayers my friend! Sending you much love and good wishes for a successful transplant next week. I hope you feel as strong and courageous as you look in this beautiful photo – you inspire me daily. XOXO!

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  12. Betty, gracias por compartir esta experiencia por la que estas pasando. Admiro mucho tu actitud. Vas a salir triunfadora de esta batalla por que Dios tiene reservado para ti muchas misiones. Eres una gran guerrera. Te queremos mucho

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  13. Bea
    Tony and I send prayers and wishes for strength and health. Thank you for sharing with us this journey that you are on. We will celebrate your victory!!
    With much love!!
    Suzanne

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  14. Betty, estamos muy agradecidos contigo por compartirnos tus experiencias al enfrentar esta etapa con gran valentía, con un relato sencillo pero de gran profundidad, como son las grandes cosas de la vida, ya que expresas más allá de las palabras un sentimiento de cercanía con todos los que te queremos y que estamos contigo, admirando tu fortaleza y alegría que nos trasmites. Sabemos como ya lo has dicho, la actitud es lo que marca la diferencia. Por eso has sido y serás una gran triunfadora.👍🌹

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  15. Dear beautiful Bea – Sending you all my Love. You are in my prayers and I wish you all the strengh you need.
    You are healthy already.
    Hugs and more hugs, Katrin

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  16. Betty, te mando un abrazo con mucho cariño. Te acompaño con mis oraciones para que este proceso sea exitoso y que pronto te sientas libre otra vez. Estoy segura que Dios te acompaña y te llenará de bendiciones para que este transplante resulte como esperas.
    ¡Ánimo!

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  17. Bea, you’re amazing! You’re in our thoughts and prayers. We wish you the best as you go through all your procedures. Sending loving and hopeful thoughts to you and Dave! Our best to you! Mary Lee and Doug

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  18. Wow, even in a hospital room, you look amazing! I am sure you will do great. I’ll be thinking about you and sending the positive vibes – go team Bea!!! Hugs

    Carolyn

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  19. Mi querida bea, tu sonrisa es la que te define y te viste, así te ves divina! (No necesitas ningún otro accesorio)

    Por supuesto estás en mis oraciones, deseo de Todo corazón que este transplante funcione a la perfección y que sea bien recibido por
    Tu cuerpo.

    Tienes todo mi amor y admiración. yo creo en tu espíritu de lucha y en tu fortaleza de alma, ánimo amiga! Ánimo!

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  20. Bea!, te he estado siguiendo desde hace tiempo…. Quiero que sepas que te tengo en mente y en mis oraciones constantemente. ¡¡Espero que ésta sea la definitiva!! lo deseo con todo mi corazón. Sigue buscando a Dios en esto, sigue teniendo esa tenacidad, esa fe, esa lucha, que, aunque se dice fácil es un reto enorme! es un Goliat!…te admiro muchísimo por tu fuerza!. Bea, te mando un fuerte abrazo. ¿Sabes?, te recuerdo muy bien y con mucho cariño de entre las amigas de mi hermana. Porfa, déjanos saber cómo va todo ok? Estoy al pendiente! Besos y mucha fuerza para ti, tu esposo y tu familia. ¡Vamos! Dios te acompañe en este proceso y te bendiga mucho!!!

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  21. You look beautiful as always! Thank you for your transparency and for always sharing your feelings with us. That is true courage. You and David are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. So many are with you on your “one day at a time” journey.
    My love ,
    Susan❤️

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