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ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert

Denham Springs, Louisiana
I was diagnosed with ALL in Jan 2007. Had a cord blood transplant in May 2007. Leukemia came back in June 2008. I was able to have an allo transplant in Sept 2008 using a 9/10 MUD.
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A little more of that by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Last Wednesday marked yet another three-month follow-up visit at MD Anderson. This time around I had my patient loyalty card punched in the stemcell clinic. It should have b ... Read on »
Where things stand by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Where do I begin? It's been over 4 months since the last post and during that time I've been trying to fly below the radar. My tongue has healed, although it is still numb a ... Read on »
Six weeks later by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It's been a little over six weeks since I had the partial glossectomy and I'm still dealing with healing. I have survived to tell you that one of the helpful little chestnut ... Read on »
Recuperation by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I need to admit to a bit of foolishness before I do anything else. I fully expected to be back at work on Monday. In fact, I planned on it. How hard could it be to recover f ... Read on »
Recovery by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Good news. Ann is out of surgery & Dr. G is very confident she got all the cancer. She characterized it to me as small and less than 2mm below the surface if Ann's tongue. ... Read on »
OSCC T1N0M0 by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Its been a long time since I set down to write a blog post and I'll confess I wish it was about a cheerier subject, but "needs must..." as they say. The purpose of this e ... Read on »
Surgery by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I have been poked, prodded, X-rayed, hooked up to electrodes, scanned, examined, and interrogated. I have also been cleared for surgery. Dr. G. will attempt to excise ... Read on »
Quick update by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Chris and I met with genetic counselors Thursday who are attempting to deconstruct my family's medical history and decipher how it relates to my present situation. They're a ... Read on »
An answer for Jenna by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Jenna asked if I could elaborate on what could have caused the secondary cancer I'm now facing. I'll do the best I can to answer using what I've been told over the last 5 ye ... Read on »
Where to begin? by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer One would think that after over five years of experience in dealing with the many different ways that cancer can turn a person inside out and upside down, that one would bec ... Read on »
Unicorn assassins and such by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer On Tuesday, September 4, I celebrated the 4th anniversary of my 2nd transplant by schlepping to MD Anderson with my faithful sidekick, Chris, in tow. After 5 years of dealin ... Read on »
Is it really that time again? by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Time for another MDA update.  I schlepped all the way to Houston on Wednesday for my 3 month check-up. My borrowed immune system is still up and roaring, and presently doing ... Read on »
It's been ages by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It's been ages since I've felt compelled to write something for the blog. The last two semesters of college have been particularly hard for me. I feel a little ridiculous fo ... Read on »
Ann's Big Day by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Don't want to disappoint anyone, but Ann has the day off and your "guest" blogger for the day is me [Chris].  Wow, how long has it been since I blogged last? Friday, Ann ... Read on »
Goodbye April by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer March and April have been particularly difficult months for me. My sweet grandmother passed away April 15. Services were held in California, where my extended family lives. ... Read on »
Another 3 month checkup by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It's been 3 months since my last marathon day at MDAnderson, and since the length of my leash hasn't changed, it was time for another marathon day.  The usual 5 hour long dr ... Read on »
Inching along by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Friends, I am still here and I have not abandoned the blog. Those who've been following along might remember the car accident from November. I only just got my car back from ... Read on »
When real life intrudes by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I've just finished the second week of my last semester and must now face a glaring truth: In 17 weeks, if all goes well I will graduate. This event has been 8 years in the m ... Read on »
3 little numbers by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I've recently come to realize that sets of 3 little numbers hold a great deal of power in my life. 3 little numbers when combined in the right order can occasionally fill me ... Read on »
MDA Recap by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I've been trying to write this post since last Thursday, but life and a mild case of writer's block have been conspiring against me. My most recent visit to MD Anderson invo ... Read on »