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    I wish you well on your journey to recovery. On Sept. 4, 2013 my husband received a successful stem cell transplant from his brother who was his donor. We are approaching his 100-day (which ironically the date coincides with my actual birthday) birthday and have hopes of continued progress towards recovery. Be patient and persistent in your treatment. It is a l-o-o-o-ng road to travel and you deserve all the encouragement you can get to help see you through this. Don't be discouraged. With good care and treatment and faith there is always hope. With my husband, prior to his recent procedure, we were running back and forth to hospitals for blood transfusions and rounds of chemo therapy to keep him alive. That was extremely trying and the timing for blood need was always unexpected and unpredictable. Although he remains very tired over the slightest activity, he improves daily with the support of others and good medical care. Good luck and God bless...

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    As a caregiver for more than 2 years, the patient is going into the hospital for a stem cell transplant that will take place in early September. It is a uncertain time that can cause great concern for both the patient and the caregiver, but I find peace in knowing there is research out there to allow a patient the opportunity to reverse the failing health conditions caused by the blood disease while in current treatment. More time than not is spent unpredictably receiving transfusions for both red blood cells and platelets. The patient comes home depleted physically and emotionally from the process. That sustaining treatement has caused a greater stress here at home than the chemo itself since you have to rely on the generosity and kindness of the public to sustain the supply of donated blood and the time it will take to arrive for its use. Sleep patterns for both the patient and the caregiver (his wife) have been affected greatly. The mass amount of medications needed to offset and treat the patient both before and after chemo takes about two weeks. Thus, you never really have a normal lifestyle. This patient is totally dependent on me for his health care and financial concerns due to his illness.