September 6, 2013: What a Difference a Year Makes

What a difference a year makes.  Last August 20th, Kris and I were at the hospital with a nurse, a doctor and our friend and Pastor, Lee Hovel.  Kris’ immune system wasn’t recognizing the cancer as a foreign entity.  She had just gone through 10 days of chemo and full body radiation to destroy her old immune system and to give her a chance of having a bone marrow and stem cell transplant engraft.  The transplant was an all or nothing, swing for the fence.

 

She was fighting for her life.  She was fighting for her family and her future family.  And today, a year later, against long odds, Kris is still swinging.

One year post transplant is a huge milestone.  A patient’s survival odds increase exponentially if they’re able to survive the first year.  Kris underwent several days of testing on the 20th to assess where she’s at in the recovery process.

Yesterday we met with one of her doctors and reviewed the results of those tests.  It’s really, really good news:

–          100% engraftment.  The transplant was 100% successful and Kris’ bone marrow and immune system have converted over to the donor cells.  This is an important recovery marker because it means there are not two immune systems and blood types fighting each other.  Her bones and marrow are one, big happy unit.

–          No cancer in her bones, marrow or blood!  Last summer her bones and blood were riddled with cancer.  Today, there’s no trace.

–          No cancer in her lungs and abdomen!  Same story.  Last summer her lungs and stomach had large amounts of cancer.  Today, that’s all gone!

A clarifying point:  Kris had been diagnosed with Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL) 10 years ago.  What prompted the need for the bone marrow and stem cell transplant was the transformation of the CTCL to Large Cell Lymphoma.  Earlier this year, the CTCL represented and she’s receiving treatment to manage that.  Currently she has no Large Cell Lymphoma present.   The fight continues!

 

Today, we would like you join us in celebrating the news we received yesterday.  Kris and I would also like to thank you all for your love, support, prayers and encouragement.  We have a long way to go yet, but she’s reached a major milestone.

I’ll end with more great news:  Since April of last year, Team Kris has been working with Be The Match to add people to the National Bone Marrow Registry and to try and give people like Kris a chance to keep living.  In the past year, 5 heroes that registered with Be The Match at a Team Kris donor drive have been selected as possible matches.  We are humbled and honored to be a small part in giving 5 people a chance to keep swinging for the fences.

 

Ken

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39 Responses to “September 6, 2013: What a Difference a Year Makes”


  1. 1 Kari McKenzie D'Amato September 6, 2013 at 5:30 pm

    Insanely fantastic news!! Congratulations! What an inspiration you both continue to be!

  2. 2 Sandy Pennington September 6, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Wow. This is great news. Thanks be to God for his power and Kris’ fighting spirit. Much love, Sandy

  3. 3 Renee Henry September 6, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    Amazing and blessed news!!! We pray for your family all the time!!! So so incredibly happy for u!! Keep up the brave fight awesome lady!!!

  4. 4 Matthew Schnug September 6, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    that’s just the best present to all of us who adore the princess > Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2013 17:23:40 +0000 > To: mrschnug@hotmail.com >

  5. 5 Walter Grunden September 6, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Tears of joy. Your journey has been hard and I am thankful for this good news.Your family has been through a lot Prayers have been answered and I pray you all will continue to heal.

  6. 6 Laura Kelley-Herrick September 6, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    Thanks for sharing the good news!!! You have been in my prayers and will continue to be.

  7. 7 Marlene Lobner September 6, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    That is wonderful news! Kris has always been a fighter!

  8. 8 Cheri Wright September 6, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Oh, I am rejoicing with you, singing and praising God for his wondrous work in you, Kris! You are ever in my prayers, but this is a day for true thanksgiving. God bless you all!

  9. 9 tatiekc September 6, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    This makes me happy beyond words! Congratulations!

  10. 10 tatiekc September 6, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    This makes me happy beyond words! Congratulations!!!!

  11. 11 Missy September 6, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Yeah!!!! We knew she could beat it. Kris, we love you! Amen!

  12. 12 Kandy September 6, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    You have given me goosebumps! I am so thrilled with this wonderful news!

  13. 13 Peg Guichard-Watters September 6, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Tears of joy! We love you Kris!
    Peg and Steve Watters

  14. 14 Tedi Williams-Posladek September 6, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    What wonderful news to find on my Facebook feed this Friday. You have fought so hard…not only for yourself when times were incredibly tough, but you put yourself out there to help as many others as you possibly could. I’m am really so incredibly happy for you all…congratulations on the fantastic news!

  15. 15 Elaine September 6, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    Love this!! Thanks to all for all that has been given.

  16. 16 Sharon Williamson September 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    What wonderful news! Our God is a loving God! So happy for you Kris and for your devoted family!

  17. 17 Kim Tyma September 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    My heart leaps with joy at this wonderful news!! I have goosebumps and tears in my eyes as you celebrate this milestone today! The power of prayer is a remarkable thing – God is good!

  18. 18 Barbara Williams September 6, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    What amazing, wonderful news! It’s been awhile since an update, and I’ve been hoping that no news is good news, but this….this is wonderful news!! So happy for everyone in the Miner-Preuter family!! May the blessings to your health continue, Kris!

  19. 19 Mindy Stewart September 6, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    This is exciting and wonderful news! We will continue to keep you both
    in our thoughts and prayers!

  20. 20 Jaci Carlson September 6, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    AWESOME! So nice to see wonderful news! Will still keep you in my prayers.

  21. 21 Sandy Kroh September 6, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    We are so happy for kris and your entire family! Love you guys!!!

    Sent from my iPhone

  22. 22 Dianne Lavenburg September 6, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Hi Kris, Jeannie told me of your struggle several weeks ago and so I signed up for the newsletter. I am so happy to hear this wonderful news. I can just imagine that beautiful smile you must be wearing today.

  23. 23 Sonya Haas September 7, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Kris, like so many of your friends and family, I have been praying for you. God is good!

  24. 24 Kristi Myers September 7, 2013 at 1:45 am

    I am a friend of Nancy’s. While you were having treatment, so was I for breast cancer. My husband and my 2 children all did “the match” my daughter received notice she was a match. They will let her know in a month or so if they will need her. A great and humble feeling. Be blessed, Kristi Myers Eldora

  25. 25 Sue Daisy September 7, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Thank God that all our prayers for you have helped, you are an inspiration Kris. I was so happy to meet your husband Ken this summer with your Dad, you both deserve only the best. Sue Daisy

  26. 26 Carol Flickinger September 7, 2013 at 2:11 am

    Such good news….God is great!

    Sent from my iPad

  27. 27 Kevin Kleemeier September 7, 2013 at 2:13 am

    What great news! So happy for you and the entire family!

  28. 28 Tracy Graham September 7, 2013 at 3:03 am

    I am so thrilled to hear your amazing news. God is good!

  29. 29 Paul Callenius September 7, 2013 at 5:27 am

    Such wonderful news!!! Big loves from Western Nebraska Cousin Kris!!!

  30. 30 Jean Dunn September 7, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    So happy for your wonderful news. Thank you for the update. Think of you often.

  31. 31 Diann September 7, 2013 at 2:06 pm

    Thank you God for your amazing work in and through Kris. Thank you Ken for being the great husband and partner you are. Kris is a fighter beyond anything I’ve ever witnessed and an Testimont to how much she loves life and her family.

  32. 32 diane southwick September 7, 2013 at 10:35 pm

    Truly the best most wonderful greatest news ever!! You are such an inspiration!!

  33. 33 Cheryl Manion September 8, 2013 at 1:42 am

    What a miracle! We found out about Kris through some friends and we joined “Team Kris Be The Match”. She has, and will continue to be, in our prayers! Wonderful news!!

  34. 34 Amber September 8, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    PRAISE GOD!

    Sent from my U.S. Cellular® Smartphone

  35. 35 Gail Chism September 9, 2013 at 3:48 am

    God is sooo good! Thank you for sharing the GREAT news! Kris you are indeed an inspiration, Ken you are a trooper! Also, thank you Ken for your appearance. Gail

  36. 36 Jeff Farrell September 14, 2013 at 2:49 pm

    Ken / Kris, This is by far the most fantastic email I think I have ever received!! The lord definitely works in mysterious, but glorious ways, that’s for sure… May your lives continue to be blessed as time rolls on & many thoughts and prayers continue to flow from the Farrell Family!! Thanks for the update & keep on keeping on… Jeff / Toni / Stefani / Samantha Farrell

  37. 37 Jessica Burke September 17, 2013 at 4:18 pm

    I met Kris over a year ago in an interview for Lionshare – I from that moment on I haven’t forgotten about her. I check this website often hoping and praying for great news like this! Never stop believing in miracles!

  38. 38 Kathy Brooks October 17, 2013 at 2:24 pm

    I got the following update today from the 1 match that came from the donor drive held in Kris` honor at Zurich last year ! “I am too excited to report the bone marrow recipient is doing fine. She now has all the donor white blood cells, she no longer has any of her previous white blood cells. She is out of the hospital and doing well, no infections.” I am so happy you are doing well, and just wanted to share this news with you!


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