Mary Jo began chemotherapy on November 30th, in preparation for a bone marrow transplant. On December 5th, just before the stem cells were transferred, the Chicago Bears dropped in to wish her a happy re-birthday! In mid-December, her ANC count (one of the immunity measurements) starting climbing, and after 4 weeks of confinement she was allowed to take a walk down the hall. Christmas came and went in the hospital, and we hit another big goal! Mary Jo’s neutrophil count (a key indicator/contributor to a healthy immune system) jumped and she got her appetite back! It’s safe to say that her transfusion was successful! ♥️ . She had a visit from her friend Max who also had a Stem Cell Transplant 6 months earlier; their visit left us feeling positive.
#MightyMaryJo still has some limitations like Graft vs Host (rejection) problems and susceptibility to all kinds of illness and disease yet, but she is doing really well. She and her mother moved to the Ronald McDonald house (RMH) for 2 weeks to comply with frequent monitoring by the hospital.
51 days after the transplant, Mary Jo and mom went home to Joliet, immensely grateful for all the love and support, and pleased with the results. The prayers were answered!
We are in awe of the anonymous 19 year old donor out there who has made a world of difference in our family's story.
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