Ann had her second appointment with her hematologist in Baton Rouge today and it turned out to be a bit of a surprise. As you can see from the results I posted above, all of Ann's blood counts are now "normal". Our local hematologist even confessed that Ann had the "most normal blood of any of his patients" that day. The Baton Rouge clinic doesn't track the absolute neutrophil count like MDA does so I'll have to leave that off for now.
I have to confess it was a bit of shock hearing that all of Ann's counts were normal. We have lived with horrible CBC numbers for the last year almost and you just get used to seeing low RBC or hGB numbers. I don't want to give anyone the wrong impression though. I love Ann and believe in her more than anyone else in the world. So now that the baby stem cells are part of her too, then I will have to believe in them just as much.
OK so on to the other shocker.
Aficionados of our little blog will remember way back when we were trying to get approval for the transplant that we found it necessary to take our story to the media. We in fact did a story through KHOU 11 in Houston that our friend Tina was instrumental in setting up.
The story was done by a very professional and outgoing reporter named Lee McGuire. He was so charming in fact that most of the filming and interview was over before we even realized that we were on camera. Lee emailed me the other day to let me know that our story was nominated for an Emmy. How crazy is that?
Me and Ann were floored when we found out. All we can say is "Wow"! We hope that it reflects well on Lee for being a consummate skilled professional. Also we hope that it helps someone out there who maybe found themselves in similar circumstances. Most of all, we hope it raises awareness of the lifesaving nature of umbilical cords in combating cancer in adults. Especially in Asian Americans who only make up about 6% of the National Marrow Donor Program's database of available donors.
I really believe from the deepest part of my heart, that if KHOU 11 had not taken the time to tell our story, then Ann would be dead right now. I don't know if the story "won", but just being nominated must mean something. So I hope that their hard work is rewarded.
These are not the only people who helped lift us over that period of trouble when it looked like me and Ann were trapped in the darkest corner of the universe imaginable to be sure. There are so many people who played pivotal roles. Without you, we wouldn't have had the small glimmers of hope that helped guide us to were we are now.