As Winter Approaches 

As winter approaches, I’m getting nervous. Reason, my immune system is not as strong as it should be since the transplant and I do not want to or need to be sick. 

There is really nothing I can do to prevent this except pray, try to avoid sick people, practice good hand washing and protect myself at all count. 

I have experienced a sore throat for the last few days. I’m trying to do all I can to make sure I can stay healthy through this first winter since my stem cell transplant.  I have to be very observant of my body this year. I know God will protect me.

Pray for me friends. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

As Winter Approaches 

As winter approaches, I’m getting nervous. Reason, my immune system is not as strong as it should be since the transplant and I do not want to or need to be sick. 

There is really nothing I can do to prevent this except pray, try to avoid sick people, practice good hand washing and protect myself at all count. 

I have experienced a sore throat for the last few days. I’m trying to do all I can to make sure I can stay healthy through this first winter since my stem cell transplant.  I have to be very observant of my body this year. I know God will protect me.

Pray for me friends. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

Day + 143

Wow how time flies. I am 143 days post transplant and it feels amazing. I am not sure if anything or anyone could have prepared me for my future. When I think about all of the opportunities I have in front of me, I am ecstatic. 

Going through this stem cell transplant has changed my life. Nothing or no one could ever tell me that God does not have his hands on my life. God is my life. He healed my body from a disease that was wreaking my body. Now that’s LOVE! If you don’t know him, you should get to know him. If you don’t trust him, you should try him. He is a rewarded of those that diligently seek him.  

Love Antoinette ❤️

Flu shot 🙋🏽

I finally received my flu shot this week. Most years it make me kind of sick however, this year it did not. Of course if you have ever received the flu shot, it make your arm really sore. Other then that, it was truly uneventful. 

Now that I have received my flu shot, I was able to return to church today. It was amazing. I miss my church family so much. Back in Gods House. 
I am so grateful for the progress I have made since my stemcell transplant. It has truly changed my life. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

Back to life!

As I am moving through the recovery of my stem cell transplant, this week brought new excitement. My doctor agreed to finally allow me  to go back to church. How exciting it that. Although before I can go back, I have to have my flu shot. 

Unfortunately, I was not able to get the flu shot this past week but I have an doctors appointment tomorrow and I will get the flu shot there. I cannot wait. 🏃🏽‍♀️ 

I am very thankful for being able to stream service on Sundays however, it is nothing like being physically at church. I am so excited to return this Sunday. It really can not get here fast enough. 
I am so grateful! 

Thank you God. 
Love Antoinette ❤️

Keep Going!

As my life is getting a little back to normal, I had an amazing opportunity to be the guest of my doctor at the Sickle Cell Association. I had the opportunity to speak with patients and family members that have sickle cell about my experience with the stem cell transplant to heal me from sickle cell. What an honor. 

I met a couple who has a six month old daughter and she has sickle cell. She’s been in and out the hospital at a young age already. I didn’t start having crisis until I was six years old. I totally encourage them if they can’t get answers here, call St. Jude. I am such a huge fan of this amazing hospital and the work they do for children. 

Walk in the gift God has given you. Encourage one another, life up one another and support one another. If you have been through something, tell someone. You could possibly change someone’s life. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

My life!

I has been awhile since I have been here. In August my doctor let me go back to work for 12 hours a week with restrictions. I passed that test. 

September 18th, I went back to work full time. Between full time work and running a small business, which is never ending my life seems like it’s getting back to normal. 

Some disappointing aspects is, my sweet cousin is getting married this coming weekend and I cannot go. My doctor does not allow me to travel or be around people I am close to. No crowed environment yet with people that’s close to me. I can go to other crowded places with people I don’t know. It is very interesting to me. I do understand the difference since strangers will not be in my face. He said those that’s close to me, if they are sick I could become sick. With my immune system still being compromised, I have to be very careful still. 

This also includes church. 😪 I’m miss my church family and being able to assemble as the word of God states. Hebrews 10:25. 

Life is getting back to normal and I am excited about my future. Cannot wait to see what the future hold. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

Work flow!

Today was a big day for me. After being off work for 74 days, I returned today part time. My doctor gave me strict instructions for me to follow in order to return. Three days a week, four hours a day. My staff and office has been through. Even working remotely is still sometimes impossible to manage. 

Eyes on the ground is definitely better then remotely. I’m truly glad to be back with my staff. Even if it’s just part time for now. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

Never a doubt

One thing that I am reminded of is how God think compared to how I think. God said ““For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9
I never had a doubt that God would heal me. I just thought I would wake up one day and I would never have a crisis or pain ever again. For 42 years this was my idea of how God would heal me from sickle cell disease. Then there would be an onset of pain and that would dash my hopes this time. I would never give up on my idea, my thought of healing. 
Here I am today with my healing but not in the way I thought. I really take away from this; its does not matter how God healed me, what matter is I never gave up the notion that he would heal me. I always hope and believed that I would be healed. There was never a doubt. I just never knew when. 

It’s important that if you want God to do something for you, never give up on it, whatever your idea is. It took God 42 years to heal me. I prayed, waited, hoped and dream that the day would come. That God would find me worthy enough to deliver me for the pain I had suffered in my life. June 15, 2017 he did. My life has changed. It will never be the same again. I cannot express how grateful I am. God did it…Same God!

Love Antoinette ❤️

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