Tuesday, November 18, 2014


Laura had her two days of photopheresis and is back in Leesburg. She sounded pretty upbeat when I spoke with her, but I imagine she's pretty tired. 

She was able to get one treatment done on Monday -- due to a scheduling glitch (not her's)...which was good. And then she had one today. 

Next treatment will be next Tuesday and Wednesday. Then Thanksgiving with the fam! (Wish I could be there... Or, they could be here.)

She drove back to Leesburg after her appointment. She has some good friends in Leesburg who often fix her dinner on the night she comes back. And, they did tonight.  I sure do appreciate those people. Sendin' a hug to them!! 

Keep prayin' that things make a difference. 

Thank you!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Photopherisis Next Week

Laura went to Atlanta earlier this week and had her "line" put in.  She also went to a class on how the Photopheresis works.

She will go to Atlanta on Monday to be there for an 8:00 blood work appointment on Tuesday. That will be followed by the photopheresis.  The photo below describes what happens during the process.



As of right now, she will go to Atlanta once a week for two days at a time for eight weeks. At the end of eight weeks, they'll see how she's doing and decide how to proceed.

Please pray that her body decides to straighten itself out and that she will be relieved of the pesky Graft vs. Host disease.  Dadgummit! I think it's about time for her to feel really good.

Thanks so much!

Will update as I learn more.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Long time no communication....

Hey Y'all,

Sorry about the long time between posts... 

Quick little update here:

Laura started this school year with a bang. She has been very busy with lesson plans and extracurricular activities.

A few weeks ago, she got a cold which, long story, short turned into pneumonia. With a fair amount of rigamarole, she finally saw her doctor at Emory who (in addition to her local oncologist) recommended that she take short-term disability to straighten out a multitude of issues related to her GVHD (Graft v. Host Disease). Some of those issues are: dry eyes, joint issues, and a significant decrease in her lung capacity. 

They want her to go up next week to insert a "line" (kinda like a port, but I can't remember the official name) so that they can treat her with photophoresis. That means, that they will remove her blood and treat it with a light treatment of some kind. Her line makes that possible. They take out her blood and put it back in after the photophoresis. She'll have to go weekly for 2-3 days at a time until they feel like she no longer needs to go.  They're also giving her some meds for the issues she has with her joints (can't remember the name of that either.) It's pretty bad stiffness in her joints. 

I feel pretty good about her taking some time to focus on straightening out her GVHD. And, I feel hopeful that they have some treatment options to help her feel better.  I would appreciate it if you would pray that insurance approve it, that this treatment is successful and that it works quickly. It would be nice not to have to drive to Atlanta every week.

She's a GoFightWinner!, though... :-)

We appreciate you all. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Carrie's Gonna Ride...


I did it! I signed up for the 50 mile ride in Obliteride. My hands are shakin' 'cause it's a big, fat deal. But it's not quite as scary as facing the monster called cancer. And, it is SO great to me to be part of the research that is currently saving lives and will continue to save lives. 

And the thing is... helping solve the mystery of cancer helps EVERYONE. Most everyone I know has been affected by cancer in one way or another. Imagine how great it would be if it just wasn't even out there anymore...

I'm ridin' for Laura...and my husband, Harvey...and all the cousins and aunts and uncles and friends who have had cancer during my lifetime. I'm ridin' 'cause I believe that Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has made a REAL difference in Harvey's life and in our family's life, too. I'm ridin' 'cause I am sick and tired of finding out that someone else has gotten cancer or because we've lost someone because of cancer. 

It is time to put cancer in its place!

Cancer touches all of us - half of all men and one third of all women in the U.S. will get cancer in their lifetime. These figures are shocking, but, I believe we can change the stats by funding lifesaving research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

All of us participating in Obliteride will come together August 9-11, 2013 to tell cancer we're not gonna take it anymore. And here's where I need your help. I've made a big commitment to make a statement against cancer. And I hope you'll make a statement, too. With 100% of every dollar donated going directly to cancer research at Fred Hutch, we can make a direct impact on research to save lives faster. I hope you'll donate as much as you can because you believe in me, what I'm doing and that together, we can defeat cancer.
 
If you'd like to support me in this ride and if you believe that it's time to kick cancer in the butt click here to make a donation and make a difference....   100% of all money donated goes directly to research. 

(Please find out if your company has a matching gift program. The process is simple and quickly doubles your generous donation and gets me closer to reaching my goal. Once you make a donation, contact your HR rep or your employer's matching gift rep to submit the paperwork to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Please make sure that the matching gift includes my name AND Obliteride, so Fred Hutch knows who should receive credit for the matching gift. Thanks so much!)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013




Laura went back to work on Monday. The doctor called yesterday to let her know that they found mold in her lungs. (Evidently it's not uncommon for people to have mold in their lungs, but since she already has the two viruses there, too, it compounds things.) So, she was given a prescription for some medicine and we are hoping that BOTH of her viruses and the mold in her lungs will go away.

Still believing that it's time for Laura to feel absolutely wonderful and still asking God to do just that.

Please pray with me.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


Laura was discharged from the hospital today...and then she drove THREE HOURS to get home. And, thankfully, Mrs. Cannon is cookin' her somethin' good for dinner. (Thanks, Mrs. Cannon! ♥)

She has two viruses, RSV and peri influenza.  So her resistance is low. Because of that, she was told that she shouldn't go back to work until Monday. Please pray that she heals well and is ready for work on Monday.

The doctors listened to her lungs and said she doesn't have a lot of lung capacity, but she was able to go home without oxygen.

If she can get rid of the viruses, then her breathing, etc. will get better.

I love my sister. I want her to be well and to be able to just plain ol' enjoy life.

Please pray that God will heal her and will make it so that she can do just that.

Thank you for standing beside her and for loving her (and all of us).

We love you.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Today



Mary just called and said they haven't gotten all the air out of Laura's lungs yet so they want to keep her overnight again tonight. Mary said that the doctors didn't seem to be too concerned about it.

Please pray that they can get all the air out and that she can go home soon. And, please continue to pray for healing.

Thank you.