July 7, 2012

On Monday, July 2nd we met with the BMT transplant team.  While the ICE chemo treatment has been successful, the large cell lymphoma is extremely aggressive.  Despite not having found a matched donor in the National Bone Marrow registry,  Kris’s medical team advised that she move forward with a transplant using her next best option, umbilical cord blood from a newborn.


A transplant using cord blood carries more risk than one from an adult donor but in Kris’ case, there’s a bigger risk in extending treatment.  So on August 10th, she’ll be hospitalized and start the transplant process.


There will be several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation that will take 10 days to complete.  After the chemo and radiation, the transplant will take place.


Once the transplant is completed, it will take 2-4 weeks to know whether engraftment has been successful.  The 2-4 weeks will be tough on Kris, as she fights to recover from the chemo and radiation.


Once engraftment occurs, she’ll spend a couple more weeks in the hospital, nursing her immune system back to a level where she can be released.  After she’s released, there’s 100 days of treatment where she’ll split time between home and the hospital.


Thank you to all our friends and family who continue to offer encouragement, support and prayers.


Please continue to tell Kris’s story.  Her biggest motivation in being so open about her fight and treatment is to save lives by encouraging as many people as possible to join the National Bone Marrow Donor Registry.


In addition to Kris, there are currently 10,000 people who need a match to save their lives.  They need your help.  Please spread the word and take a few minutes to swab your cheek to register as a donor.





3 Responses to “July 7, 2012”

  1. 1 Karen chapman July 7, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    Ken, Give me a call and we can walk you through this. Our 26 year old daughter Emily was Dr. McGuirk, Dr. Abhyankar, and Dr. Ganguly’s first adult cord blood transplant. We are 4 1/4 years on this side, and we can be your “lifeline.” We can say we know exactly everything you’re about to go through, as we’ve been there. We’re here to guide you along the transplant path! Emily is doing wonderfully! There are many benefits to a cord blood transplant. Our number is 649-2809. Sending healing energy your way. You can do this! It’s a long journey, but we did it, and so can you!!!! ~Karen Chapman Prairie Village, Kansas.

  2. 2 Molly July 9, 2012 at 1:29 am

    Kris and Ken, my name is Molly and I am a 3-time participant in Team in Training (TNT) and we raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. We train and complete endurance events such as marathons and triathlons while raising money for our local LLS chapter. I am currently training for my first triathlon in Washington D.C. on Sept 9th with TNT! I am inspired by your story and pray everyday for Kris that she is cured. I would like to add her name to our “Honor” sign, recognizing those that we are training for to find a cure! I am also have a wine tasting and silent auction this coming Friday as a part of my fundraising efforts and would like to mention your family in my tribute speech. Please feel free to email me at mrpt3@yahoo.com. Stay strong and know that complete strangers and praying and fighting for you!

    Here is my TNT webpage if you are interested! http://pages.teamintraining.org/mid/nattri12/mreynoluz9

    God bless,
    Molly Reynolds, Lenexa, KS

  3. 3 Jessica Burke July 9, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    Kris – I am still praying for you daily and watching for updates on this webpage. If anyone can overcome this battle it is you – you have an “anything is possible attitude and a smile that can make the world a happier place.” Sending positive thoughts your way, Jessica Burke

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