Tomorrow 

This is the week my journey truly begins. I am becoming a little emotional because this  journey will change my life forever. 

Tomorrow morning I will have my tunnel catheter place, and then have an exchange blood transfusion. I am praying for no or less pain as possible. I don’t know what to expect so you could say, I am a little nervous but hopefully. I just believe my faith has made me whole. This is incredible. 

See you after twilight. 😴

Love Antoinette ❤️

Just got real!

As I informed my staff today that I would be out on leave but working remotely, it just got real. The stem cell transplant is here. I cannot believe it’s about one week away. My how time really does fly. I have so many expectations from the transplant but none more important then living the additional time God has given me to its fullest. I officially have a bucket list. Amazing 😉 

Love Antoinette ❤️

Time 

Unbelievable how time flies. In just 12 days, I will be admitted into the University of Illinois Chicago to began the conditioning to receive my donor stem cells. I have an array of emotions but none more than grateful. Life is great but my God is incredible.

Love Antoinette ❤️

Moving forward

So excited that I only have less than thirty days until my stem cell transplant. I had a full day of test this Monday that went well. I also had a test that I have never experienced in my life. It was called artery blood gas test. They drew blood from the artery in my wrist. It was numb so their was not pain however, after the numbness wore off, their was some pain. I also knew I was very tried. My hemoglobin count was low as always at 7.4. Those number will change once I received the stem cell transplant. I cannot wait to experience a higher hemoglobin and feel like a normal person. Life is going well. I can’t wait for it to be even better. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

Timing 

The time for my stem cell transplant is quickly approaching. I haven’t put my feelings into perspective yet. They are literally all over the place but there is no sorrow, only joy. 

I cannot wait for the day to arrive. I am ready to experience life without sickle cell disease. I have so many expectations on what living sickle cell free will be like. I’m gleeful but and grateful to God for this blessing. 

Follow along to experience my journey.

Love Antoinette ❤️

Suffering 

I am reminded this morning of all the suffering my body has gone through as I have lived with living with sickle cell disease for forty-two years. It has not be easy but God has chosen to sustain me and preserve my live. 

As I enter into the month before my stem cell transplant, which will heal me of this disease, I am grateful. 

Your faith!

If you have ever suffered from anything in life, then you can relate. Keep believing and never give up. God will make a way at an unexpected hour. 

Follow along as I take you through my journey for healing. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

Sickle Cell Disease 

Since I was six years old, I was diagnosed with this disease. So much pain over my life   Loving with sickle cell disease. 

It’s cause when the red blood cells become crescent shape, and cannot correctly flow through the blood vessels. The sickle shaped cells get stuck and causes severe pain. When the cells become stuck, oxygen cannot flow properly and this is when the pain begins.  The pain attacks are called sickle cell crisis. As you can see from the picture – the normal blood cells -vs- sickle cell blood cells. 


It’s a disease that is common among African American decent. 

In high-income countries like the United States, the life expectancy of a person with SCD is now about 40–60 years. Advancements in the diagnosis and care of SCD have made improvements possible.

Now, their is a cure. Follow along as I take you through my journey for healing. 

Love Antoinette ❤️

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