Tuesday, February 5, 2008

I felt your prayers

Thank you for all your e-mails and blog posts. I read every single one of them, but I didn't have the strength to respond. For about 3 days I was feeling at my lowest. The only thing I could do was to get up and go to the bathroom and sit up to take a sip of water. My body was exhausted. I try to keep a positive attitude, but I was fighting to see the light at the end of the tunel. I officially have GVHD (Graft vs Host Disease). It happens when my body sees the donors cells as foreign and attacks them. I started getting a rash and it spread over my face, chest, stomach and back. On top of all this I have not bee able to eat for the past 2 days. All I am able to keep down is water. For the first time today I was able to eat some peanut butter crackers. You would think with as little as I am eating I would be losing weight, but they are pushing so many fluids thru me that it is having the opposite effect. I started Neupogen (white cell booster) 3 days ago and it is working miracles. My white count is 0.6 and I have 174 ANC (fighter cells). I believe because my counts are coming back that is related to me feeling better. I feel like I have taken a turn for the better finally. Thank you for continuing to support me and lift me up with your prayers. I truly do appreciate all that you do.

Love,
Samantha

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Please know that we are following your progress closely and praying for you. We remember so much of what you're going through right now,but keep up the fight, you'll get through these rough days.
God bless you!
Love,
Tia & David

Anonymous said...

Oh Samantha, I'm so sorry it's not going better for you. Please know that I have spread the word to folks I know as well as my Mother, who along with me are thinking of you and praying for your full recovery. Hugs and our very best to you as you take each day and make the best of it.
Love,
MamaB

140Miles said...

Samantha,

Just know that we are not here rooting for you. Blogs like yours inspire us to get up and train everyday. We would love to have you be a part of our Motivation Montage.

Chris
www.140miles.com

Anonymous said...

Hey Sam,

I have been keeping up with your blog and wanted to let you know that my husband and I have been praying for you. You mean a lot to the WHHS Class of '96! Stay strong, your strength gives us all such admiration.

Love,
Mylinda Taylor Smith

christy said...

Sam~

I am sorry that you had such a rough few days. Keep fighting, as I know you will.

You are in our prayers always.

Love,
Christy & Dean

Anonymous said...

I see you haven't posted again for a few days. I do hope you are recovering. You are a woman of courage and grace under fire.
I continue to send white light and healing prayers.
Love,
Mama B