Well, it's offical, folks. The genetics are back and Gary's new blood cells are 100% his dad's. This is the best possible news in terms of engraftment and a SIGN that the transplant is doing its thing so far. Hopkins treats this exciting news in true smug, world-class institution fashion -- "well, that's the results we expected." All this excitement must be tempered by the fact that Graft vs. Host disease can pop up at any moment and cause some trouble. Some GVHD is a good thing -- too much, not so good. In summation, progress is being made in the forward direction. As Gary says, "It's a marathon, not a sprint. And I'm not built for speed anyway."
Woo Hoo and Hallelujah. I'm thrilled for you guys.
This is Steve Sears, a friend of Gary's from the last century. I haven't had a chance to read up on what's going on, but wanted to let Gary know that I'll add him to my prayer list and ask some others to do so as well.
I'm sorry to hear about this turn of events, but am hopeful that you'll make it through this difficult time.
Hang in there.
- Steve Sears
Wow, that's great news. Keep it up!
You could have Pap-Pap's DNA.
Let the "spacklin'" begin, hon!
I really don't like to spackel,but if you get the urge,I have the tools. Love,Dad
To hear this was like a huge shot of serotonin for me. I can't even begin to imagine how this news makes you feel.
Although I have tended to be quiet, to-myself, and wondering off in my own little world of late, there is never a day that goes by when I'm not thinking about and wishing only the best for you and your beautiful family.
Keep up the momentum and spirits.
- John Lapp :)