A Reflection Of 2017

I do not know where to began. This year has been the biggest blessing thus far in my life. My mom would say, keep living.

My journey for the stem cell transplant started later December 2016. By June 2017, I was having my transplant. Over six months later, I am still in awe. Sometimes it just does not seem real.

I have had ups and downs throughout this process but I would not change one part about my journey. I am a firm believer that everything happens for a reason. God never puts more on us than we can bear.

I am healed for sickle cell but I am still recovering. I’m still taking a lot of medicine which has it own side effects. Outside of those side effects, I am doing really well.

I cannot imagine what I will feel like once I am off all the medicine. I look forward to those day because I know they are going to be something I have never experienced before. My body will truly be whole.

Thank you all for following me on this journey.

I pray you have a happy and prosperous New Year.

❤️ Antoinette

ThanksLiving

This Thanksgiving brings about a new perspective in my life. With my transplant in June, I look at everyday differently. I do not have to worry about sickness, hospital visits, blood transfusions, etc. I get to look at my live from the perspective of a healthy individual.

Eventually, I will be able to do what normal people do without worrying about becoming sick. Now I’m still recovering so they still have me being very careful. I can go play in the snow and not worry about getting to cold and having a sickle cell crisis.

I remember October 24, 2012 when the lord spoke to me and said, I will do a new thing in you. I know what that means however, I had no idea how big of a thing God would do.

Lord, I am so thankful this year than any other years of my live. God you have blessed me with a new life. I am beyond Thankful and Grateful, I have been healed.

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 ❤️

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 ❤️

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