Round Six - seven days and counting...
Hi Everyone!!! It is my last week at the hospital!! My family is so excited and are literally counting off every day. I was a little low the past few days on my blood count levels so I received a transfusion and platelets. This always perks me up - my cheeks get pink and I have a TON of energy. Amazing what a higher blood count can do for you! My ANC (absolute neutrophil count) hasn't reached zero yet but I'm getting close! For those that don't know, this is a very important number. It determines when I start my next round of chemo and when I get to come home. My body doesn't follow a typical path for ANC. After chemo treatments, my ANC goes down and then back up sporadically until I finally reach zero. I usually stay at zero for about three days and then my monocyte count and ANC starts going back up. Once the monocyte numbers have gone up for two days in a row - I get to go home. My parents are thinking it will be next Monday... Keep your fingers crossed!
On September 14, 2010, I was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia / Megakaryocytic or AML M7. My prognosis is that I will make a full recovery with no long term side effects. I am so grateful for family, friends and angels that are surrounding me each and every day of this process. I love all of you! I hope you find my posts interesting as I share a little piece of me and some insights along this life changing journey.