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Celebration of Life Service Details

I know it has been a bit quiet around here and many of you have been patiently waiting for additional details around Steph's service. Plans are coming together  and you can visit the Celebration of Life page for all of the latest information as well as the streaming details which

Celebration of Life Service Details
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Bittersweet Homecoming

Stephanie is cancer free in the arms of her Savior, Jesus. He welcomed her home at 12:11 this afternoon. I was able to be with her, holding her sweet hand when she sighed the weight of this world away. We will miss her terribly, but remember her always. Steph

Bittersweet Homecoming
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Uphill Battle

Steph's liver numbers continue to climb in the wrong direction. The toxins building up in her blood (ammonia) are impacting her cognative ability. Yesterday she was able to answer all the questions - albeit a bit slow. Today she was answering all questions with her birthday or "same". To her

Uphill Battle
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There and Back Again

After a couple weeks at home, we are back at UWMC. Steph's liver and kidney numbers have been on the rise again and they have decided to admit us today to keep a closer eye on her. The toxin buildup from the liver injury is causing some mild cognitive impairment;

There and Back Again
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Day 33: Home Sweet Home

After 2o days in the hospital, Steph was discharged yesterday, September 4th. This also happened to be the day that my cousins Ray and Kristi where back in town from thier anniversary Alaskan cruise. We were able to swing by my aunt and uncle's home straight from the hospital to

Day 33: Home Sweet Home
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Day 31: 100% Donor

One of the recent blood count tests was to count the CD3, CD33, and CD56 natural killer cells and see what percentage were existing and what percentage are newly created by the transplanted stem cells. The results are in and 100% of these key cells are from the new stem

Day 31: 100% Donor
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Day 26: Long Days

Today marks 26 days since transplant and 14 days at the hospital. Progress has been slow, but steady. The liver numbers have been slowly improving each day. There was discussion around Stephanie having sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (SOS) which is a complication that can occure post transplant. It is some liver

Day 26: Long Days
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Day 19: Beware of Rockslides

Today marks one week since being admited to UWMC for a neutropenic fever. While that sent us here, Steph has actually not had a fever since being admited. She did however experience an increasing shortness of breath sensation that led to an investigation to find that there was some fluid

Day 19: Beware of Rockslides
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Day 14 Update

We got to hit pause on out daily clinic visists yesterday as Steph hit the magic 100.4 degree temp Monday night that dictated admittance to UWMC. The good news is that the temp didn't last long (just long enough though) and she will most likely be cleared for discharge

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Day Six: Hello Neutrophil

We are currently on day six post transplant and Steph is doing really well. As mentioned earlier, we are in the watching and waiting phase of the transplant process. Durring the process her own blood making stem cells where wiped out and replaced with the donor cells. Those donor cells

Day Six: Hello Neutrophil