Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Testing my Endurance on Sprycel

This is one of the greatest weeks that I am having since being diagnosed with leukemia. Up until now, I have been unable to visit with my granddaughters that live in another state. I was unable to be at the birth of my last grandson because I was sick and have not been able to travel to visit them. But this week things have changed!

My daughter in law drove the kids to Palm Desert, about two hours from my home and I finally got to hold my new grandson. He is now five weeks old. As soon as I had him in my arms and started talking to him he began to smile and coo; it was the sweetest thing ever. There is nothing like holding a new baby in your arms; he is just so beautiful.

Yes, we made them!
As a bonus, I was able to bring two of my granddaughters back home with me for four days. I was hoping for a full week, but I will take what I can get. The girls are four and five year’s old and sheer bliss. They are so delightful and so much fun. We have been sewing, cooking, gardening, coloring, making puzzles, reading books, making headbands and dress up dolls and swimming. Tonight we are going to see the baby chicks and geese at Joe’s folks’ house.

My daughter and grandson came up last night to join in the fun, so I have given up trying to keep any semblance of order in the house. As long as no one trips and falls, and we can still find shoes and hair bands, life shall remain chaotic until the merriment ends. My only longing is for my third granddaughter that didn’t get to make the trip; she is two and doesn’t “like” long car rides! I will have to plan a special time to have just her.

Going to bed early and maybe watching a movie in the afternoon will hopefully keep my energy level high enough to make the two hour drive back to the desert, to hand off my precious girls to their grandfather so that he can return them, safely back home, to their family. What a wonderful week I am having!


  1. Hi Michele
    My name is Nam. I am a 22 year old student from Hanoi, Vietnam and I've just been diagnosed with CML last Friday (after the bone marrow and chromosome tests). The news came as a shock to me because I had no visible symtome (last Tuesday I went to a regular check-up unknowingly and have a result of elevated white blood count at about 49000)
    So it's very nice reading your blog (and I've been doing so for a couple of hours). Please be my friend and be brave for the road ahead. I believe we will both have a long and happy life.

  2. Hi Nam, I am so sorry to hear that you have joined this club at such an early age. I too was totally shocked when I was diagnosed. Seems as though they caught your disease very early with 49,000 white cells, I had 382,000........crazy, huh?
    Please feel free to contact me whenever you feel like, I will always be here,

  3. Joy! It's there, sometimes we just have to wait for it to "come to us"... Michele, I am so glad you write this blog, it reaches so many people, gives them hope, and what to expect "next"... You are a wonderful and selfless person, someone many admire, very much. xo

  4. Julia,
    You are way to kind. I often wonder who in the world would want to listen to me whine! and that is not the good kind of "wine"!!
    I am blessed to have met you,

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