September 20 2012

ENGRAFTMENT!  It’s been a long, tough month and a half.  Since her hospitalization, Kris has fought off congestive heart failure, lung infections, GI problems, Graft vs. Host Disease, infections and fevers.


After a couple of weeks of blood counts so low that they were immeasurable, on Monday the medical team pulled a reading.  On Tuesday, Kris’ counts doubled.  Wednesday saw a slight drop and today her counts are over 5 times higher than they were on Monday!


She’s tired, weak and still feeling horrible.  She can’t use her hands because they’re riddled with open lesions.  She’s still in tremendous pain and is fighting through GI problems however the medical team has confirmed that her transplant has taken and she’s starting to produce blood with her new DNA.  We’re hoping that she’ll be released from the hospital soon.


Thank you everyone for your prayers, support, help and encouragement.  Please keep praying for her.   For the next year, Kris still has a tough fight for recovery.  But today, we’ll celebrate engraftment!


23 Responses to “September 20 2012”

  1. 1 Joyce Shapiro September 21, 2012 at 3:09 am

    Kris and family, please know that my prayers are with you. Kris, I think you can overcome anything. I remember you as a perfect mother to your children at Rosehill, all bases always covered. For me, this is the Jewish New Year. May this be a year filled with nothing but good health, happiness and success for you and your entire family. Love to you and the family. Love, Joyce Shapiro (Former teacher at Rosehill Elementary). I still have my Texas, blue bear!!!!

  2. 2 Nancy & Wayne Meyer September 21, 2012 at 3:12 am

    What wonderful news. Will keep praying.

    Nancy & Wayne Meyer

  3. 3 Rose September 21, 2012 at 3:16 am

    HOOORRRRAAAAAYYYYY!!!!!!!:) Kris, Ken…. Tears Are Streaming Full of Happiness:) Kris, you Amaze me & Always have. God Bless you, your family, and the fight you continue to defeat head on:) Lots of hugs and all the more Prayers I will continue sending your way! Love you my friend:)

  4. 4 Joyce Shapiro September 21, 2012 at 3:20 am

    Something I forgot, to ask. As an immune deficient patient myself, but, no way as serious as your diagnosis, I was wondering if you were receiving IVIG (immunoglobulin therapy) to boot your immune system? This may not be right for you at this time, but, I was curious. It’s a therapy I’ve taken for 28 years Love to KIefer, Ben and Jon. Joyce Shapiro

  5. 5 Lee Hovel September 21, 2012 at 3:30 am

    Praise the Lord. I am so excited for you.this news made a terrible day one of the best. Remember, god loved you, he is with you, HE IS MAKING YOU NEW! God bless! Lee

    Sent from my iPhone

  6. 6 Ronda September 21, 2012 at 3:31 am

    Kris and Ken, thank heavens for the good news. You are continuously in my prayers and thoughts. God bless you all.

  7. 7 ohkell September 21, 2012 at 4:49 am

    My heart is leaping with this hopeful news. You’re amazing, Kris. Truly.

  8. 8 Stacy overman September 21, 2012 at 4:59 am

    Wow! Praise and thanks to our awesome God!!!

  9. 9 Laura Heath September 21, 2012 at 10:25 am

    Will continue to pray for you all. Thanks for the update. So sorry to hear of the suffering, but that is such good news that she is headed in the right direction! Hang in there you all. I know this is such a challenge and you all must be weary. You have many, many pulling for you all! Happy celebration today!

  10. 10 Meg Miller September 21, 2012 at 11:49 am

    So glad to hear the good news! Sending prayers and lots of healing thoughts. Hope the pain lessens soon and that healing speeds along. You are a tough lady!! Keep fighting the good fight!

  11. 11 Galen & Sharon Fliear September 21, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    We have been remembering you and your family in every prayer and this news is so rewardng!! You are a role model to so many in need of God’s healing powers and may your recovery be complete and swift.

  12. 12 Martin Peggy Hildreth September 21, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    Kris, we can’t imagine your pain! so happy you are getting better and going home! take care and know that everyone is thinking of you and praying for you!!

  13. 13 Lori Hirtz September 21, 2012 at 1:47 pm

    Blessings to you and the prayers will continue!

  14. 14 Cheri Wright September 21, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Woot! A milestone for you, Kris! Prayers are lifting you up, and praying for your continuing journey to health.

  15. 15 Sandy Kroh September 21, 2012 at 2:22 pm

    What great news! Kris is a fighter and we love that! The prayer and well wishes are with Kris, Ken, Jon, Ben and her entire family. Love you guys!!!

  16. 16 Catherine Thurman September 21, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Kris, We thank God for this milestone and celebrate with you today. We are so sorry for all the suffering you are going through, but know you have been given the strength to endure. We will continue to pray for your full and speedy recovery. Love, Stephen and Catherine

  17. 17 tatiekc September 21, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    Kris, So PROUD of your strong, fighting spirit! So happy that the transplant “took”! You and the rest of your “crew” remain at the top of my prayer list.
    Keep fighting, you are over a big “hump”. You are about to smack this cancer into the year 3000…..I just know it!

  18. 18 Jan Shelby September 21, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Whoa! I have goosebumps! What wonderful news! I marvel at your strength and courage throughout this whole ordeal- you are a warrior. Amazing things happen when you invite God onto your team! With Him nothing is impossible. Continued blessings and prayers to you and your family throughout recovery too.

  19. 19 Karen chapman September 21, 2012 at 5:33 pm

    Sooo happy for you all! You can do this! I remember those days of waiting for the early morning labs! The day Emily’s WBC count went from .1 to .3 was a day of HUGE celebration. Then came .6 and .7, and then you know those little cells have found their home, and started working! We had all the same issues you are currently experiencing. It was the hardest thing in the world, to watch my daughter in the same way you are now. We called Emily’s first fall and winter post-transplant our “Winter Retreat”. We stayed home, (except the clinic, of course), and read many, many books (the Amazon UPS man made frequent deliveries to our front door) and watched funny movies. (Per Dr. Ganguly’s instructions) Relax into your healing, and allow healing energy and your friends to surround and support you. We’re here, just ahead of you on the transplant path, to offer our hope and optimism. (I still, after 4 1/2 years, wipe everything that comes into the house with wipes, and we don’t wear shoes into the house anymore… they’re piled outside the doors!) You can do this! Sending love to your family from ours!

  20. 20 diane September 21, 2012 at 8:54 pm

    This is GREAT news!!! Baby steps Kris…..little baby steps and before you know it you’ll be running. We think about you most everyday. And you are in our prayers. Scott and Diane

  21. 21 scott September 22, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Good news…sending good vibes.

  22. 22 Sue Duggins September 22, 2012 at 3:32 pm

    Wonderful progress!

  23. 23 Valerie Larm September 25, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Kris and Ken, you’re both in my prayers! It’s a long road, but it’s great to get some good news.

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