2/3/15 – Transplant Begins

We arrived at Penn yesterday. Since we got such a late start due to the snow and ice and trying to get the kids off to school they did not start the chemo.

I needed two bags of blood to get my hemoglobin up so they gave that to me yesterday. This afternoon we begin the transplant process.

It begins with high dose Melphalan to wipe out the cells in my body – both the Myeloma cells and the healthy cells. Melphalan does not discriminate.

Then – after a day of rest – Thursday, I will get my stem cells back which were harvested from my body, frozen and kept for this day.

Pretty simple. Hopefully effective. I will able to go home when those cells engraft to my body and my blood counts are healthy enough for me to be discharged. Somewhere around day 14-16.

It will be tough for me to keep up the blog during transplant. For those who follow me on Twitter (@iambradstrong) I will tweet updates there. If you are not technologically inclined to join Twitter you can go to the home page of this blog (bradstrong.me) and look to the right side of the page. All of my tweets show up there as well.

I will do my best to keep up with the blog but no promises.

Day -2. Ready for chemo.

21 responses to “2/3/15 – Transplant Begins

  1. #givebradhiscellsback! all our love from Chicago, looking forward to a successful procedure and speedy recovery. #bradstrong

  2. Good Luck Brad. I will be traveling the next 2 weeks with very limited email but I will try and will catch up when I return. But know that I am there thinking of you and rooting for you.

  3. Just know that you are in our thoughts and prayers always. Keep fighting and you will win. Sending hugs and love Joni & Jeffrey

  4. You’re in great hands there at Penn. We will be praying for you and the success of this treatment. Phil & Ginny

  5. My mother will also be getting her second stem cell transplant later this spring…you are in my thoughts and prayers. Go melphalan!

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