Saturday, April 26, 2008


I have been really bad about letting everyone know what is going on with me. I don't know how many times I have sat at my computer and stared at the screen not knowing what to write. My head was in such a fog for a while, it was hard to put my thoughts together and then try to make them make sense.

Now I am feeling great. It has been 3 months since my transplant and I never expected that I would be doing as well as I am. After the GVHD rash I have not had any more serious problems. I am now seeing my doctor every other Monday and he has started to take me off some of my immunosuppressents. I am completely off steroids which has made a big difference. So far I have not had any complications from reducing my medications. If everything goes well I should be off them before I go back to school in August.

About school I found out that I still have my job for next year. My district has extended my disability leave until August 18th. That is the day the teachers go back to school. I have to be ready to go back and be released by my doctor by July 18th. I don't think there should be any reason that I can not go back to work. I have been in physical therapy for 2 months and I am feeling like I am getting stronger and able to do more things without getting tired. I know the kids will wear me out, but I am fortunate that I will have an assistant with me and that will be a tremendous help.

Last night in Benbrook was the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. This relay celebrates cancer survivors and their families. I participated last year when I was living in Taylor. It is so nice to see everyone that comes out to support the Cancer Society. I decided to go without my hat since I wasn't worried about people staring at me because they have been thru it. Well I was the only one there that had no hair. I was proud to show my bald head and several people came up to me and told me about their experience when their hair grew back. Some had curly hair or it grew in a different color. I'm not sure what to expect. Since I have new DNA I'm not sure if my hair will grow in like my donor's. Right now I have some fuzz growing, but it's still to early to tell what color it will be. I am excited it's growing back, but I'm not looking forward to having to wash and dry my hair everyday.

Here are some pictures from the Relay


Camille, Blake and Pierce said...

oh girl... you look great. I am so proud of you and I am so thankful that you feel good/better. I wish I could have been there to celebrate with you. Thanks for doing the tag... I love knowing that about you. It is crazy to think that you and I have been friends since Elementary... I can't wait to see what God has in store for you.

Shelly Kacsmaryk said...

Hi Samantha! Camille keeps me updated on you, but now that I know you blog, I'll just keep myself updated. You are frequently in my thoughts and I will keep you in my prayers. I think it is soo cool that your hair might grow back different. You're beautiful either way!

jenn said...

It is great to hear that you are doing so well. Please continue to keep us updated on your progress. Your in my prayers!