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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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37 by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer 36 has come and gone and with 37's arrival Wednesday I realized that things are getting easier.  I don't mean that I've unlocked the secret to mastering new things, but that ... Read on »
Biopsy results by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The biopsy results from my last visit to the dermatologist at MD Anderson have come in and it was nothing to be concerned about.  Just a little cyst.  Nothing predatory or c ... Read on »
Sharing the mystery by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I was in Houston for 2 days last week and have been loathe to write about it.  Before you become alarmed, it's not for the reasons that might have immediately occurred to yo ... Read on »
A heaping scoop of normal by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It finally happened. I am sick. After roaring through 2 semesters surrounded by students unscathed, I have finally succumbed. This past Wednesday, a classm ... Read on »
Three years on by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Three years ago, a complete stranger donated bone marrow to save my life. We were not a perfect match, but close enough. This complete stranger was the only person out of th ... Read on »
Back to School by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Classes resumed on Monday and so I am that much closer to a degree. Financial aid is still up in the air and the gremlins that generate that entity's electronic corresponde ... Read on »
A little GvHD by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday, I noticed that my face was covered in a faint GvHD rash. It happens when I've been exposed to too much sun or heat most of the time. I don't think I can blame t ... Read on »
Norming by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Little by little, I'm learning that I'm no longer programmed to deal with the regular stresses that confront people every day. Throw some medical drama my way and I flip ov ... Read on »
Living my life by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It's been too long since my last post, but I don't have anything to really share. I did see my local hematologist last week and my blood work was blissfully normal. Every ... Read on »
Excitement for the week by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This past Monday, I received a paper copy of my schedule of upcoming appointments at MD Anderson. I'll be honest, I usually only skim these letters. I've become spoiled by ... Read on »
The other half by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The last month that I was on steroids, my total weight gain ballooned to 30 pounds. I was still hitting the treadmill for 80-100 minutes a day, 5 days a week and watched ev ... Read on »
Preliminary results by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The preliminary results of my bone marrow biopsy from 6/20 showed no leukemia. I won't know anything about the flow cytometry for a few more weeks. As for the cytology stu ... Read on »
Stumping my poor doctor by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My life has been a bit more full than I would like this month. I'll take pity on you all and only talk about the last few days. Friday, June 17, Chris was in a horrible ca ... Read on »
Dori by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Most of my regular readers will probably know that Dori Brown was stolen by cancer this week. I say stolen because I still believe cancer is the worst kind of thief, indisc ... Read on »
Milestones that don't include cancer by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Today, Chris and I are celebrating our seventh wedding anniversary. Not in a hospital. Free of cancer. At home. It feels good to be able to say those things. Happy ... Read on »
Help PJ by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My friend PJ is running the New York City marathon to honor our mutual friend Dori . PJ's a member of the 2 time transplant club and an all around amazing person. She's tr ... Read on »
The blog hasn't been abandoned by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I haven't abandoned the blog. I'm here and I'm working on something to post, but it's not quite right yet. I managed to pass the 2 classes I was taking this semester, whic ... Read on »
A tiny update by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Tomorrow is the last day of class for me for the semester. I got an email from one of my professors yesterday with a breakdown of my grades and a note. I'm one of only 4 p ... Read on »
One month off steroids by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer It's been one month since I stopped taking steroids and I can now fully appreciate the difference their disappearance has made. I'm not compelled to continually eat and I'm ... Read on »
The friends you will make by ANNGREGORY74 Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I've spent a lot of time inside my own head these last two weeks when I wasn't busy with school work. I've been thinking about a few of the contradictions you come to live ... Read on »