That's right: today is my "half-birthday." Yes, it has been exactly 6 months since my life-saving bone marrow transplant! On the day of my transplant, receiving my little sister's strong and healthy cells, I don't think I could think much further than getting through that night. However, here I am, 6 months later, healthy, healthy, healthy!!!
It has been way too long since I last did a major update. I apologize! I have been busy with (hold on to your hats)...GETTING BACK TO NORMAL! That's right: I am healthy, strong, and adjusting to this thing called a "new normal." Thanks to my hard work at Physical Therapy 3 times a week, I can do things like climb up and down stairs and get up from sitting on the ground without too much difficulty. Now that I can be out and about in public, I've also gotten back to my shopping habit and having dinner or seeing movies with friends! I can't begin to tell you all how liberating it feels when I'm backing out of the driveway, wearing jeans and having hair on my head, going out to get a bite to eat or do something fun. For those of you who haven't gotten to see me in a while, here are some recent pictures alongside a picture from transplant day 6 months ago to compare. :)
My hair is long enough for a headband now! Woo hoo! :)
At my little sister (and my little life-saving donor!)'s ballet performance in Chicago (she got the lead role!)
Also a big celebration: a few weeks ago I got my Hickman catheter out! My Hickman was basically a tube going into a major vein that was used for giving chemo or medications, or drawing blood. Now that I have it out I don't have to have a big itchy dressing on my chest all the time, and, even better, I get to shower!! When the hickman was in, I was only allowed to take baths so the tubes didn't get wet. That first shower after months and months of only baths felt like HEAVEN. My Mom told me I was allowed to use up all the hot water if I wanted...and I did!! :) Here's me getting ready to have the line taken out. You can see the dressing and the tubes they'd use to give meds/take blood (called lumens):
Thank you all for your unending thoughts, prayers, and support! God is so, so good.