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    Celebration (Birthday): I just celebrated my 60th birthday!! I am so blessed! G-d had a plan for me because I was not done. I started working with children with autism almost 10 years ago. I am 12 years in remission and coming up to 13 in October. I am thankful every day for my journey and how it deepened my soul. Never loose hope, there is a lesson in every experience and sometimes the lessons are for others.

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    Celebration (Anniversary): Well its kind of strange, like I have to whisper so it does not hear me but I am about to celebrate "10 YEARS SINCE I BATTELED AML !!!!" I was given a 50/50 chance of survival and I made it. I never gave up hope and now enjoy each day with all the good and the bad. I'm just so thankful to live it all. I say every thing happens for a reason even if that reason is to give someone else whose going thru the battle HOPE!

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      Woo Hoo...Congrats to you! I'm 1 week off from my Doctor's appointment confirming the 5 year mark. My actual 5 year post BMT was in March :D. Yes...we are HOPE in the face of what others can't see as they go through their journeys.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Plateletpheresis): This was by far the worst part of the whole process althrough it was the best. Since I was in remission and doing well they wanted to take my platelets and put them on ice indefinitely in case it ever came back and I ever needed a transplant. This process took about two weeks. One of giving myself shots which was horrible, two times a day for seven days to increase my platelet count and one week of lying on a bed with both arms straight out unable to move, with long needles in each arm for about seven to eight hours a day. You couldnt really watch TV and couldnt move. Your arms and legs would cramp up and they would give you tums. The needles would have to be moved because the veins would collapse. In the end my body wouldnt give them the platelet count they wanted to have but they are still sitting in a freezer in the hospital.

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    Celebration (Remission): YEAAAAAA, after the initial treatment and the 6 additional ones they decided I did not need the last 2. I was in remission and finished. I had one more procedure to do after this. I wasnt going to see the people who had been watching me every week for about a year anymore. It was a very scary moment in time. What had become a part of my life was now over. My life since then has changed so much yet has stayed the same. I went into this as an adventure. I know that sounds obscured. I was going to do this with humor, faith, hope and lots of people behind me cheering me on. I also had two young children watching me and I was going to use this as a lesson. One on never giving up no matter the odds and always having a say, on my term even if its only the decision of what color head cap I was going to wear. I have always been very spiritual and believed things in life happen for a reason and a lesson. Not because of something we did that was bad to punish but to teach us or others. I always believe if we die we are still around so I was and still am not so afraid of death. These beliefs are what kept me going. I was always very positive!! Did not want people around me who were down. In the hospital the nurses and doctors loved to come into my room because I was always happy and positive . I tried to make it as much fun as I could for my kids. We had sleepovers, movie nights, parties, and even studying for tests and homework. I was after school care so my husband could go back to work. After my treatments before I would crash, I would take my kids shopping or whatever they wanted to do, even if it ment wearing a mask..I didnt care, my way, my terms. I would suck it up no matter how crappy I felt because I was making the rules, on my terms even if it ment dying.

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    Procedure or Surgery (Implant chemotherapy port): It was kind of funny having two lines hanging from my chest. I did have to purchase a different kind of bra. At first I was scared to change the dressing on it. It took me awhile not to be so frighten. I would have the hospital change it. After a short while it was apart of me. I had my port for about a year. It was strange and scary when they removed it.