No change…yet!

Friday was my monthly follow up and I was so excited. It was time for me to get the results from my blood test I took three weeks earlier. Hoping that my immuno-suppressant medicine would be changed was my number one focus.

Out of all the tubes of blood drawn, all is important however, two results were dependent on the change in medicine. One was awesome and over my Doctors expectation, the other was .5 percentage points away from the 50% needed to change my medicine.

We will retry again February 23rd. I know this time, the results will be different. I know because God said so.

Love Antoinette ❤️

Off to a great start

It is the middle of 2018 and it is off to a great start. I’m feeling healthy and looking forward to what God has ahead of me. I’ve had no major challenges especially with the unpredictable weather we’ve had in the Midwest. Just last week it was almost 60 degrees and the next day it was 24 degrees. No consistency at all but that is what we have come to expect here.

My staff have been sick and I have done my best to stay away for sick people. Although it is really hard to do when you are in public places. I still take a few antibiotics and I pray those and God continues to protect me for the next months until I am a year out which is June 15, 2018. It seems unreal that I am this close to a year from my transplant. No problems, no setbacks, just continuing to be thankful for all God has done.

Love Antoinette ❤️

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 ❤️

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