Friday, August 15, 2014


I am at the hospital with my husband. We only know that his donor is male and 36 years old. They gave him 8 million new "donor" stem cells this afternoon around 3:15 pm. It is considered his "new birthday." His blood type was B- but his donor has B+ blood type. Tyler's blood type will now change to B+ as well. The entire process was two hours. This is a little bit about the donor stem cells.

 ****Why donor stem cell (allogeneic) transplants are used

A donor stem cell transplant can be used to increase the chances of curing cancers that affect the bone marrow, such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma.
It can also help keep a cancer in remission (when there are no signs of the cancer) for as long as possible.

Your specialist may advise using donor stem cells because: 
  • Stem cells from a donor won’t contain any leukaemia or cancer cells.
  • Donor stem cells contain healthy immune cells that may attack any remaining leukaemia or cancer cells. This is called graft-versus-leukaemia or graft-versus-cancer, and it’s the main benefit of a transplant from a donor.
A donor stem cell transplant can be given at different times depending on why you need it. You may have a transplant:
  • after the first few chemotherapy treatments when the disease is in remission
  • when treatment has achieved a remission in a cancer or leukaemia that has come back (relapsed).
The aim of a donor stem cell transplant is to replace your immune system with the immune system of your donor. The immune system defends the body against infections and diseases like cancer. 
A donor stem cell transplant is sometimes called an allograft, because your donor’s immune system is ‘grafted’ on to yours.

The main benefits of having a donor stem cell transplant are:
  • It gives you a new, healthy bone marrow
  • Your new immune system can fight any remaining cancer cells.
A donor stem cell transplant is an intensive and complex procedure. It’s carried out in specialized transplant units with specially trained teams.

Tyler was a HLA match to his donor. I cannot express my gratitude that he is getting this chance. We acknowledge God's hand and mercy in giving him this second chance. I am constantly praying for him to be healthy again. I am praying the donor's cells will be MIGHTY and fight any cancer that is still "hiding" and that the graft to host problems will not harm and attack his body and organs. I know that Ty is most concerned at getting a donors cells that may attack his body. They watch this very carefully. It is a long process as you can imagine. 

Anyone who knows me KNOWS that I love quotes. They inspire me to do and be greater. I have always been a  firm believer to live each and every day with appreciation. Look for the positive in even the worst situations. I simply am thankful for each day of life with my husband. I know each day is a new day to just continue to fight. We both have faith and we believe in God's will and hand in his treatment. Trust me, I get scared. I have to push away the thoughts of "what if" because I can't think about this. Right now... TODAY... we simply are "not stopping" and letting cancer win this battle.

 I love this... LIFE really is GRAND, if we will
look at the good that always is THERE.

 I appreciate the support so much. Thank you for the prayers for my husband and family. I am doing everything I can to make it "normal" for my boys. They start school next week. They went to Lagoon today with a group of friends. I wanted them to LIVE today and know that no matter it's all going to be okay.


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At August 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM , Blogger Faye's Crafti Corner said...

Praying for you and your precious family. Trusting God to bring health and healing

At August 15, 2014 at 5:48 PM , Blogger chipndalefan said...

Many prayers and positive thoughts to Ty, you, and the entire family. Hugs!

At August 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM , Blogger Lori Apgar said...

Praying for your family!! Ty has a wonderful chance of being healthy again real soon and he has an amazing supportive family!!! My thoughts are with you all!!!

At August 15, 2014 at 9:04 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Wishing Ty a Happy Birthday with many more to come. God bless you all!

At August 15, 2014 at 11:44 PM , Blogger gela said...

Continuing to pray for Ty and a big , huge thank you to the donor. I wish him many blessings for this gift

At August 16, 2014 at 3:09 AM , Blogger MamaStork said...

Happy New Birthday Tyler!

At August 16, 2014 at 9:04 AM , Blogger Laura Turcotte said...

Prayers and hugs to you!!

At August 16, 2014 at 9:33 AM , Blogger Julie Detlefsen said...

You have the right attitude. Keep up the good fight and live life to the fullest each and everyday.

At August 16, 2014 at 9:41 AM , Blogger Kate Burroughs said...

Hoping that everything goes well with the transplant. Keep on the sunny side! Everything is in God's hands.
Aloha, Kate

At August 16, 2014 at 1:01 PM , Blogger Jean Bullock said...

Prayers sent up and holding positive thoughts for your hubby, you and your family.

At August 16, 2014 at 5:42 PM , Blogger Cindy - FL said...

Happy New Birthday Tyler!! Today is an absolutely positive day and I wish you MANY, MANY more birthdays!!
My hat is off to you Teresa, for keeping it real for you and your family during your battles. I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

At August 16, 2014 at 7:03 PM , Blogger Dria said...

Hugs, prayers and love sent to all of you., I am counting the days with you. praying for a wonderful recovery and cure /remission for Ty.

At August 17, 2014 at 4:28 PM , Blogger Claire Spielman said...

We are ALL here with you every step of the way! When he is up to it, can't you Face Time or Skype with the little ones?

At August 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM , Blogger Jean said...

Thinking of you and Ty!

At August 19, 2014 at 10:51 PM , Blogger Denverkat276 said...

Oh, this is good for Ty!! Still in my prayers. You all are so amazing the strength that you show that we all can have!! Thank you again Teresa for sharing his progress and process. Its means so much to us. ((((hugs & Love))))

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