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 ❤️

Chinese?

I received news on Wednesday that I was able to eat out. Just make sure the restaurant was safe. Hummmm…. how do you really know if these restaurants are safe. I can’t go into public places yet so I had to order takeout. Well I took my chances yesterday when I ordered from a Chinese restaurant I was very familiar with. I had eaten there many times with no problems. Before I received the food I was very nervous even though I was familiar. Well today I can report, I did not get sick. Thank God…. I can also say because I was so nervous about eat out, I will not do so for an extended time until I feel more comfortable. The life of a stem cell transplant recovery. Praise God for recovery. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

Moving along

My how time flies. I am two weeks from being 60 days since my transplant. I can’t believe how fast time has passed. I’ve been feeling great to the point I asked my doctor if I could return to work. He said remember it’s not about how you feel, it’s about what my white blood count and neutrophil count is. I received those results once a week. 

The last two days have been a bit ruff. I had a breathing treatment for pneumonia on Wednesday called pentamidine. It has made me feel not so great. I have been super nauseated, my throat feels raw, I have this cough, and my back has been hurting. On top of that, my sinus has been in rare form and I can’t seem to get it under control. I’m on my second round of antibiotics. However, I’m entirely grateful that none of this equals up to what I went through with sickle cell disease. God is such a blessing and nothing can beat God giving. He has given me a new life. 
Love Antoinette ❤️

A week +

I have been home from the hospital for a little over a week. So glad to be here. Everything is going great. Friday made day + 30 of my stem cell transplant and I feel incredible. 

My hemoglobin on Wednesday was 12.4. I have never been 12.4 in my life. More like 6.0 to maybe 8.0 my entire life. My life has changed  and it will never ever be the same. My life has been extended and I will no longer think about dying from sickle cell disease or what age will this disease kill me. 

I have a new life and once I’m able to get pass my recovery, I am going to take full advantage of my extended life. 

In the meantime while I’m recovering, I’m working on a relaunch set for October for my small soap business. I will absolutely put everything I have into this business and pass it on to my children’s, children. I have the energy to do so. Check us out at http://www.bodyrefnedbylabelle.com

Thank you God for all you have done for me. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

I’m free

I was officially discharged from the hospital today at noon. I am at home with my family and I am so happy. I still have a long recovery ahead of me but I am looking forward to it. My immune system is very compromised due to the chemo I received before the transplant but I know how to follow instructions. There is so many restrictions for me for at least another two months. I have a number of medication to take and I will take them happily 😊. I have the rest of my life ahead of me and all things are possible with God. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

It could be today!

After four weeks and a day, today could be the day that I receive my discharge papers. I’m feeling a bit giddy because I have been here before. About a week and a half ago I was suppose to go home and my platelets took a dive before I could make it out. Thank God I was still here. I definitely would not want it to happen after I left the hospital. 

My neutrophils are still low, so later today I will receive a shot to help those numbers come up. 

My four week stay is almost over. Thank you Jesus and I have learned patience in the process.

But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. James 1:4
Love Antoinette ❤️

Day + 19

I can say this has been a whirlwind experience. One day my numbers are up, and the next day my numbers are down. A few things I have learned since I had my stem cell transplant is, your numbers control everything. If they are not good you cannot do home. I feel great! I’m walking four times a day, I have no side effect from the chemo or total body irradiation. My tiredness and weakness is finally gone. 

However, I cannot go home due to my neutrophil count being low, (.3) today. These numbers play a major role in me being able to fight off infection. Before I received my brothers stem cells they had to get wipeout my immune system in order to receive the donor cells. 

Now that I have the donor cell, they have to connect with my bone marrow and grow to be able to fight infection. They are not right now and so I’m here in the hospital for almost four weeks just waiting. 

This is the best for me, considering I cannot fight off any infection like a normal person with a healthy immune system could. 

I’m grateful they are taking such great care of me. Although I would like to be home, this is the best place for me now.  

I see everything as a lesson. This lesson is teaching me patience. 

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” ‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:6‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Love Antoinette ❤️

Keeping my mind occupied…..

I have been in the hospital since June 8th for my stem cell transplant. For the first five days, I had conditioning, other medicine, and total body irradiation. I received my brothers stem cells on June 15. 

If you knew me, you would know that I need to seat down. I’m always doing something. 

So in that time, I have worked remotely, I have read, walked in the hallways, worked on a relaunch of my small business, etc! Our I also need to rest. Thank God for grace. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

Next day!

 After being told my numbers are low, I did not get the opportunity to go home Monday or Thursday. I trust God to order my steps and when it’s time the lord will release me, like he has done so many times before. 

Now tonight,  I have so much energy I can’t even sleep. I have been up cleaning my hospital room. Smh it’s called boredom. 

Today if my platelets are still low, I will have to have a platelet transfusion to help them become stable. No platelets today. Maybe tomorrow. 

Prayerfully, in a few more days I will be at home if the Lord intended. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

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