Posted on January 26, 2017Whirlwind Week
A lot has happened for Melanie in the past week! First, she was discharged from the hospital and got to enjoy spending several days at home with Paul, her mom, and of course was reunited with Yuna! Little Ms. Yuna is now a emotional support dog for Melanie, which means that she gets to go where Melanie goes now! No more being separated.
Big thanks to Mel and Paul's local friends that were able to gather on Saturday, 1/22/17, and enjoy some time together. Back to KC
After resting in her own bed, she headed back up to KC this week. On Wednesday, Mel had a PET scan
to investigate several lumps under her skin. She described them like little balls that you couldn't see, but could feel. The scan revealed that they are cancerous, however her care team thinks that using Ipilimumab
will treat the lumps and get them out of her system. Mel started that treatment and received blood yesterday, 1/25/17. She also did another bone marrow biopsy to see how things are going in her bones.
In the mean time, Melanie is in a lot of pain. She said that her hip and knee joints are bothering her very much. She and Paul are staying at the Hope Lodge during the Ipilimumab treatment, and they plan to go home for awhile on Friday.The Good News...
If the Ipilimumab is successful and if the biopsy results are relatively good, then they will likely proceed with preparing for a transplant from the match identified from the bone marrow donation registry. (Find out more details about how to get on the list here
Mel should be getting her bone marrow results later this week or early next week. What Can You Do?
- Educate yourself and others about blood cancer. DKMS US and Be The Match are great resources!
- Think about registering on the list. It could be that someone out there is waiting for YOU to help them.
- Share Mel's posts and comment. Words of encouragement and knowing that people are pulling for her is a huge boost!
- Plus, more shares increases likelihood of YouCaring donations as more people see Mel's story.
- Donate to her YouCaring account as you are able. Expenses run high and every bit helps Mel and Paul.