UPDATE: 5/21/19

After stimulating my bone marrow for 4 days and then collecting stem cells for two days, tonight we reached 10 million stem cells, enough for two transplants. I was then discharged and we are back at our home-away-from-home, home.

stem cell harvesting
Stem Cell Harvesting

Denise had a visit with her dentist in Anacortes for a broken tooth and a follow up with her doctor for a problem. All is well and she seems to be doing well. I am thankful for that.

We will visit with the out-patient Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for a few days, then I will be re-admitted for the really difficult part of burning out my bone marrow and giving me my stem cells back. So, we are at day 21 of a 100 day process. We have completed the 14-day process of testing, then the 7-day process of stimulating my bone marrow and harvesting stem cells. Ahead is the process of burning out my bone marrow with chemo, giving my stem cells back, and watching me as I recover. This  next step should start sometime next week.

Published by J. Michael Jones

J. Michael Jones is married to Denise and is the father of five successful adult children, scattered around Washington state and Minnesota. He had a 38-year career as a physician associate, until he was forced into retirement by multiple myeloma in 2019. During his career, he waw a headache specialist at Mayo Clinic, and in the pacific northwest, and worked as a generalist in a variety of locations overseas, including Abu Dhabi, Oman, Cyprus, Egypt, Pakistan twice, Nepal, and Afghanistan's Khyber Pass. He has always loved to think and write, publishing seven books and countless journal articles. After retirement he has focused on his fiction writing including his coming book, The Stones of Yemen.

6 thoughts on “UPDATE: 5/21/19

  1. That’s a lot of stem cells my friend! Congratulations on getting sprung for a few days. Curl up with the lovely wife of yours and breathe…… will be thinking of you next week.

    Ann Ann Hutchinson Meyers, Ph.D. Annmeyers@gmail.com 210-213-0320

    “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

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  2. Stay strong! The positive changes have to be very encouraging to you! I will be praying that the kidneys continue to improve and that the next step will be bearable for you!

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  3. Yay stem cells!!. So very happy to hear things are progressing in a very positive manner. We will continue to pray that you can bear the days ahead of which each new step you must take brings discomfort..pain but always hoping for the good days and the end goal Mike. Stay diligent in your fighting spirit! -Barbara

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