Chronicle of a Stem Cell Transplant (and on through to the other side)

Monday, April 19, 2010

'Round Here

It's been busy.

After a full few weeks, I had infusion #3 of the Bendamustine last Thursday and Friday.

So far, I feel ok. I've had the same dizziness as last time and I'm quite tired but am trying to push through it. Tomorrow, I'm heading across the border to La Conner for a few days for a little more r&r.

In the meantime, there has been much visiting and creative fun going on, including the delivery of hundreds of hand-made cards for Cards 4 Cancer day. The response was utterly overwhelming and not only were we able to deliver cards to Lions Gate Oncology, but to the Cancer Agency as well. In fact, the response was so positive, we will continue to deliver them over the coming weeks.

A huge thank you to everyone who took the time to contribute, including Edith and friends, mom, KLASS staff and Kirsten D, with special mention to Valerie and colleagues at the UBC School of Nursing - they really knocked it out of the park! Here is just a small selection of the cards we received...

It was extremely touching to see many patients' emotional response to the cards - to know that a complete stranger had taken time to create something just for them really seemed to strike a chord. Here is just one example of so many beautiful messages written in the cards:

Though we have never met, I want you to know that you are being thought of today. I hope that if the sun is shining, you feel the warmth of a sun beam. If there are showers, the cool surprise of a rain drop.

How nice is that?

We also had fun last week with the second meeting of the DCC, otherwise known as the Dorky Camera Club. We entitled this one
"For the Birds" for obvious reasons...

That last one was "artful" bird poop.

(Bird photos top to bottom): Ry, Ian, Nic, Ian, me, me)