Team Fox Hodgkin's Lymphoma Battle
I want to take a moment on this Independence Day eve to thank everyone who has donated in any way up to this point in time. Nobody should have to go through cancer. Nobody, but nobody should have to endure this horrible disease, and all that comes with it twice-with a four month old child and husband of less than three years waiting and worrying. This week was the second round of chemotherapy. Mary and I couldn't be there as we both have a chest cold. Hug your loved ones far too often. Tell them you love them-and show them you love them-far too often. Please continue to share this page. Some of the monies collected so far are going to purchase some quality hair for Tracey as she endures and conquers. These wigs are not cheap, so we thank you for helping her regain some self-esteem. God Bless Tracey, Greg and Conrad. God Bless America.
Wow, what an amazing week this has been for this fund! In one night, we had two anonymous donations of $2500, to get us to our goal. Since then, donations have kept coming in, which is great. Even though we set the goal at $12000, anyone who has gone through this knows the fees will be much higher than that. So, thank you all!! We want to thank you all for giving to this young woman and her family. Tomorrow shit is going to get real, as they begin drawing down her blood counts to zero. Please keep Tracey and Greg and Conrad in your prayers.
Family and Friends, As many of you know in September I went down to UW-Madison's Carbone Cancer Center and met with a doctor and his team to discuss my further treatment. This was decided as my doctor at the clinic (Dr. Reding) that I've had for the past 3 years has left the clinic and has taken a position within the "new" hospital. I was referred to another doctor who was a 'partner' of his within Marshfield Clinic Dr. Mercier - however I've never seen him before and really didn't want to start with a new doctor 2/3 of the way through. In addition - the "transplant" that I would need to receive was not covered at Marshfield through our insurance but it was covered through Madison or Milwaukee hospitals - naturally I decided on Madison. So, since my appointment in September I have received 3 of 4 treatments with a new drug (Brentuximab) since the ICE (chemo mix that I received here in Marshfield over the summer) didn’t take care of everything that I had going on. These treatments are SUPER easy in comparison to the ICE treatments…the actual drug only takes 40 minutes to infuse and has little to no side effects. I’m not puking, nauseous, weak or anything I just have had progressively more intense neuropathy which is the worst the Sunday-Tuesday following a treatment. My next and hopefully last treatment of this drug is on November 6th. Once I complete this treatment, about 3 weeks later I will undergo another PET Scan here in Marshfield to access the “situation” of my cancer inside and determine if I am finally able to be classified “in remission”. Once that is confirmed we will proceed with the transplant process as described below. Before I can receive the transplant I need to be cleared that I am able to handle the process. I will need to undergo a lung & heart test and most likely will need a bone marrow biopsy to ensure that there are no lymphoma cells in my bone marrow. When I am all cleared to receive the transplant I will be admitted to the UW Hospital and will receive over 6 days for a chemo plan called “BEAM” another acronym for the drugs used. This concoction of drugs is to knock down my body so that I have zero immunity so that my body won’t reject or attack the stem cells once they are given to me – even though they are my own. On day 7 I will receive my own cells in a transmission/transplant process that takes about 30 minutes to do (crazy, no?!). During this time I will get extremely sick because my blood counts are kept so low again so I don’t reject the cells that I will most likely need both red and white blood cell transfusions. I will be feeling quite punky and under the weather during this time as my body will be so out of whack. Even though I will be so sick I am able to have visitors as long as you are not sick or have not recently been around someone who was sick as I will have no immunity – remember? No plush items from home are allowed, no stuffed animals, blankets, sheets, pillows, etc. In addition, no silk/artificial flowers are allowed either as my room needs to be kept as sterile as possible, so if planning on visiting or sending me something – please keep this in mind. They do however encourage, posters, pictures, frames, or anything of the like to help make the room feel as much like “home” as possible. I will be hospitalized for around 3-4 weeks while I am being monitored extremely close and allowed to recover a bit before being sent home. Once home after the hospitalization I am told I will be extremely weak and tire extremely quickly as well and before I start to feel a little like myself it will be another 3-4 months. We ask for your continued prayer, words of wisdom, love, support and well wishes that we have been so blessed with thus far as now we will need them more than ever! I will be working on creating an Amazon.com wish list under “TEAM FOX” to show items that those wishing to make donations but cannot necessarily give cash or would rather use their amazing coupon-ing skills - there are household items that we can use and will help as there is only one less thing that we will need to purchase on our own. You do not need to purchase off of Amazon, but just to use as a guide. Thank you so much, I hope this helps answer some of your questions and or concerns. Love you all!! Tracey, Greg, Conrad
thank you all for your continued support and well wishes...they mean so much. As many of my classmates know - tomorrow is our 11 class year reunion (because we are cool and like to be different!) and unfortunately I won't be able to attend as I am back in the hospital starting today for my 3rd round of treatment of this second battle. Please know that my heart is with you and I really wish I could be there...I've been looking forward to it for the past year or so (since it became a reality)...have fun, be nice to one another and keep in mind that many have changed since high school so keep an open mind when conversing with others that were not part of your circle or extended circle from school days. :) To all of you Anonymous donors - thank you so much! I wish I knew who you were so we could personally thank you, but know that we are thanking you regardless. Love to you all!
Greg and I continue to be astonished at the generosity of those in our lives...God truly is amazing and puts the right people into your life for so many reasons - this is one of them. As my dad said in his post from a few days ago - hug your loved ones far too often, express your love and respect for them far too often for you truly never know what is around the corner. God does work in mysterious ways and this latest 'situation' in my life has really tested my faith and beliefs but once I was reminded to PRAY and to LET GO to God and his power I can honestly say that I felt better mentally, emotionally and physically...yes! That's right! I PHYSICALLY felt better! Within 24 hours of prayer and telling God that I was giving all of me to Him, for Him to 'take the wheel' and help me because I wasn't able to do it on my own - I was able to eat after 5 days of not and once I was able to eat I was discharged from the hospital within 24 hours! I am not exaggerating in any way - I genuinely felt better once I gave myself to Him and asked him to take complete control. He works in mysteriously and powerful ways and one is blessing my family by bringing each of you into our lives. So thank you for all that you've done and please keep us in your prayers and thoughts because let me tell you, I feel them each and every day - multiple times a day. Love you all!
wow. So humbling. Words cannot express the joy and thankfulness that I have seeing these come in. Thank you so much for taking time and money out of your day to share your hope and support for us. God bless you all! Love Tracey, Greg and Conrad
Thank you SO much!!