Almost 10 years ago, my Dad John was diagnosed with Chronic Lymphonic Leukemia. He’s had quite the roller coaster these 10 years- trying various medicines and regimines, trials and chemotherapies. He was also able to see quite a few grand babies be born- including Declan.
Finally, he ran out of options. His leukemia was back and he had tried all of the medicines out there. The only options left were T cell replacement and stem cell transplant aka bone marrow transplants.
Last Thursday my Dad got his T cell replacement at the City of Hope. They worked so fast that all of the cancer cells that they killed released toxins that went straight into brain. His body went into a high fever, hallucinations and then shut down.
I went to visit him in the ICU and he was not able to recognize me and was in a lot of pain. It was so hard for me to see him that way!
Thursday morning he didn’t recognize anyone. By Thursday night he called my Mom by her name and Friday morning he was lucid and conversing. Today- Saturday- he stood!
What an amazing tender mercy! It was so hard to see my Dad in such a state and now to know that he is doing well, makes my heart soar! Thanks to the prayers of friends and family!
He may still need a stem cell replacement if the T cells didn’t kill enough of the leukemia cells, but until then we’re hanging on to the Hope that we have.