We got the results back from Anna's bone marrow sample. We praise the Lord that, though there are a lot of cancer cells, they found no blast cells. Blast cells would indicate advanced stages of leukemia.
We heard from Seattle, they would like to have everyone from Michael on up get tested for a match. If none of them are a match, we will then turn to the younger ones. We are confident that everything will work out, as God has put so many things together for us and we are blessed.
Monday, Anna has her weekly check up and we hope to schedule the blood draws for this day as well. We don't know how long it takes to get the results back, but in my impatience, I sure hope it's pretty quick! We are scheduled to meet Anna's new doctor in Seattle on October 30. We will discuss the options we have, including which type of transplant we will be looking into. There are two types, a bone marrow transplant and a stem cell transplant, these are two very different things, one being much more invasive and one not so much. Either way, Anna will have a long hospital stay and the donor will too. The donor will need to be in the hospital for three days prior to the transplant and eight days following the transplant.
We have been so blessed by the outpouring of love and support from everyone! Beautiful flowers adorn our home from very sweet and loving friends! Yesterday, Anna received flowers in the mail from an anonymous friend who happened to know her favorite color and flower, as well as our family "theme" verses! So, a thank you to who ever that was! Anna's words, "That brightened my day!"
|From Matt and Bekka (a sweet couple from church)|