Dr. Strickland gave me a confirmed plan today. If we find a match, the bone marrow transplant is the way to go.
They can actually do a bone marrow transplant from a patient's own marrow, removed while he/she is in remission, but because my leukemia is so rare, my marrow can't be trusted.
Without a transplant, if they put me in remission, will it last? There's no way to know because there's no scientific history for leukemia's like mine, but the real answer is, almost certainly not.
So, for all those wonderful people who have been offering prayer, you can pray something very simple. Pray I find a bone marrow donor!
Actually, I'm confident I will because I don't believe this is a disease. I believe this is a course. God has set me on it. I don't really need a marrow transplant. God could heal me through simple faith, or natural remedies might even work (though there's nothing convincing to go off on those yet). But I'm convinced that the course God has told me to walk includes a marrow transplant, and I can't do that without a donor, so he'll supply one.
|This is what they once looked like|
In fact, he'll surely specifically pick one.
But participation is God's gift to us, so I really appreciate your prayers. Sleeping when we should be praying (or even just watching) is something God discourages.
Thank you so much for all your love, prayers, and even positive thoughts!