Nancy’s still doing fine, looks great, in good spirits, but is a bit fatigued at the end of the day. I’m also tired (short of sleep!), but getting things handled, going to work each day and coming to visit each evening. She’s most of the way through her initial chemotherapy, which will end tomorrow or Thursday. Then she’ll have a week of waiting, recovering (and losing her hair), before they take another bone marrow biopsy and figure out the second stage of treatment. We’ll get the genetic analysis of her leukemia late this week.
Some of you have asked about donating blood for Nancy, and that would be great. She’s gotten a couple more units, and will be getting more within a few days. The easiest way is to donate here at UCSF, and the blood center web site is http://www.ucsfhealth.org/clinics/blood_center/index.html. I’m scheduled to donate platelets later this week, but she’s also getting whole blood. Her blood type is A+, so she can receive donations of any blood type. You will want to do a “Directed Donation” to Nancy Jones, 11 Long Hospital. She’ll be here another 3 weeks, and it would be most helpful to get the donations within the next week, the sooner the better.
We’re optimistic. As Nancy says, when she got her diagnosis, she was relieved, because it could have been something worse. At least this is treatable, although the outcome is uncertain.