It’s the week we’ve been waiting for. This Friday, Justin will be admitted into the Bone Marrow Transplant unit to start his treatment process, ultimately resulting in the transplant of donor stem cells and a three week stay in the hospital.
On a daily basis I am asked how Justin is doing and if he is nervous about what comes next. I never really know how to answer so my response is usually: “he’s doing well, I think he’s excited to be moving forward and finally getting it done.” Last night, while we were eating dinner I finally asked him myself.
“So, are you nervous about the transplant?”
I wasn’t surprised by his nonchalant response.
“No, not really.”
I told him that I get asked this question a lot and never really knew how to respond, but he approved of my canned answer.
With one more pre-transplant treatment left tomorrow, Justin will be saying goodbye to his clinical trial team, who have been so incredibly supportive and steadfast throughout this process, and by Friday we’ll be meeting his next medical crew: The BMT Team. We’ve toured the unit, been given the tricks of trade, and have a much better idea of what to expect. We are confident that he will be in excellent hands as he goes through the chemotherapy, radiation, and other initial treatment processes before the transplant, and will be well looked after as his body adjusts to his new immune system.
In addition to his healing, Justin’s days in the BMT unit will be filled with video games, walks, word searches, movies, and fighting fatigue. I will be working remotely, from my little pullout couch, reading, writing, and most likely, learning how to play video games.
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