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 ❤️


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

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 ❤️

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