Claremore Daily Progress

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April 26, 2014

Amanda’s Battle Cry



It is the calm before the storm. Amanda gets one day off before she starts the transfusion. Chemo was conquered, and she is about to begin the toughest most important battle she has fought thus far. 
It is transfusion time. Beside her bed hangs a red bag and a white bag. Tubes from these bags run to Amanda’s body where the blood and marrow will enter like an invasion of soldiers. The stem cells are going in, and it is important that they are accepted by her body. Between feelings of sickness and spiking fevers the transplant is very difficult for Amanda. 
The transplant is over, and the waiting game begins. 
The next day for Amanda is scary.  She is beginning to have heart problems. Her head is hurting. She asks her friends for prayer on her Facebook page by saying “I’m having some serious heart complications so please pray for me.”
The doctors are working hard to find the right combination of drugs to make her feel better. They succeed Amanda stabilizes and they are considering a CT scan of her head to make sure everything is ok. It’s Valentine’s Day, and all Amanda wants is a non-eventful day. Here spirits are up and she says very matter of fact that “Boxes of chocolate should be a mandatory script for all hospital patients today!”
Eight days after the transplant she hears three words she has been waiting patiently to hear “The marrow is engrafting.” This means her body is accepting the stem cells.
She continues to fight and it has been a total of 23 days. She calls her daughter to tell her that she will be coming home tomorrow. Everything is moving faster than the doctors predicted. 
Amanda can hardly contain how anxious she is to get home to her daughter. She is counting the hours, and the drive cannot go fast enough. 

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