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patti moonis · 2M ago

My friend Ned

In the world of cancer, oncologists throw around big, scary, strange, new words. Words like: chemotherapy, malignant, WBC, RBC, platelets, blast, stage, benign, metastasis, ned, margin, bcr/...
patti moonis · 1Y ago

This is what love looks like

I arrived for my weekly appointment at the Bone Marrow Transplant Clinic in Richmond and signed in as I do every week. Then the nurse handed me this envelope.I froze. It actually took me a f...
patti moonis · 1Y ago

Day 82

I am 82 days post my bone marrow transplant. I'm still considered in the "dangerous" phase and will continue to be until I get to day 100. I have restrictions on what I can eat (nothing fres...
patti moonis · 1Y ago

Next goal ... Discharge

Engraftment is a huge party in my bones.Next goal is discharge.Today I'm at Day +13.  If all goes according to plan and there are NO setbacks. ...I will get to be discharged THURSDAY. Like t...
patti moonis · 1Y ago

It's official ... we have engraftment

 My bags and machines ... In the Land of Bone Marrow Transplants, engraftment is the promised land.It's the time/place/situation when the donor cells all find homes in their new body and sta...
patti moonis · 1Y ago

Day Zero ... Transplant Day ... My new birthday

Wednesday, Nov. 18, I awoke to this adorable note on my white board in my hospital room in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit.Day Zero is the day given to the day of your transplant. It's the d...
patti moonis · 1Y ago

Day -1 ...

Tomorrow is Day Zero. I will get my new bone marrow tomorrow. I will have a new day to celebrate.No more cancer anniversary for me. I get a new birthday tomorrow. That's the day worth celebr...
patti moonis · 1Y ago

Day -4 and -3 ... the hardest yet

Saturday and Sunday were the toughest days yet.Finished the 16 doses of the first chemotherapy.  Started the next chemo Sunday. With awful premeds to protect my bladder. Then the chemo.Then ...
patti moonis · 1Y ago

Day -5 and all I am is weepy

I don't know why I'm weepy.I miss my family. Weepy. It's too late to order breakfast and too early to order lunch. Weepy. Every 6 hours of chemo is rough. Weepy.I just don't feel good. Weepy...
patti moonis · 1Y ago

Here we go ... Day -6

In preparation for a bone marrow transplant the days count down until you get to Day Zero.Day Zero is when the donated cells are infused - kinda like getting a bag of blood cells.Today is da...