Pre Treatment

Pre treatment tests and meeting the professor

Today, I started with my pre treatment tests. First I had my lung function test with Professor Willcox where I had to blow and blow into a tube until he was satisfied my lungs will hold up to the strains that the chemo will place on my body. So far, so good, I managed to […]

The countdown continues

My necessities have been bought – enough to sterilize even the dirtiest of places. My liver function test has been done  – no red flags and as healthy as can be. My MS has been documented – blog post to follow soon. My teeth have been fixed. Only 2 things left to do: Wrap things […]

3 weeks to South Africa!

Just a quick post to say that I am so excited. Things are finally seeming real and soon I will be joining the ranks of  ex-MSers. My thoughts and prayers are with Amy, Phoebe, and all others who are currently undergoing HSCT!

The Preparation

In less than a month, I will be starting my treatment. Before that, there are a lot of preparation to do and things to get in order. So far, we have: Booked the accomodation Payed the doctor and the hospital Booked the plane tickets Booked the rental car In process is my pre treatment dental […]

The accommodation

A tip to all who wish to follow in my footsteps and receive HSCT in Cape Town, South Africa: book your accommodation early! Even though it was more than 2 months prior to our arrival that we started looking at accommodation, we only just finalized it, after many replies of ‘Fully booked’. Cape Town is […]

The schedule

This is what my treatment schedule looks like for now: DATE DESCRIPTION 29/10/2012 Visit to the Clinic, Safety Bloods, Cardiac Assessment, Lung Function 30/10/2012 Insertion of Hickman Line, Admit for Pre-hydration 31/10/2012 Cyclophosphamide 60 mg/kg x 2 days 05/11/2012 Start Neupogen 300 ug BD x 10 days 12/11/2012 Attend to clinic for FBC 14/11/2012 Collection […]

The road to here

This is the beginnig, where it all started and how. The obstacles that I will face, the blessings that I will receive and the rewards I will reap. This, is how it began. When I first heard about HSCT from my mother, I was skeptical, but after research and reading blogs like Carmel’s, George’s or […]