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We all knew today was a special day for Andrea and Stevie!  Stem cell transplantation day for both of them.  I woke up really early, had breakfast at 6:30 and promptly went back to sleep.  Many reports of people checking in on me -but no motion.  Had my first chemo cleansing drip and ate lunch  while Irrina cleaned and gave me another Russian lesson.  She is thorough with her cleaning, a patient teacher and helpful in every way possible.  Now, I was ready to gather whoever was interested in an outing.   Note:  Almost everyone who comes into the 3rd floor wing to visit must wear a hat and a gown. We caught Anastasia and Irrina as we assembled.

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Anastasa, Nebahat, Nancy, Irrina, Hatice and Judi and John in the front

We gathered 4 of us for our adventure outside.  Dr. Fedorenko did not come out with us, but we we really happy to see him outside later on.

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    Our destination, the church.

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                                               This is nyet my motorcycyle! : ) Private joke – sorrry

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With my limited hand skills, I helped Judi get her ‘antennas’ out of the way with her scarf.  They can be awkward at times.
More scarf lessons tomorrow!

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         Both Hadice and Judi had their first stem cell collection done earlier that morning.
                                       I had forgotten how woozy it can make you feel.

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Although the church was built in 2004, it is still not handicapped accessible

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Church was closed.  That’s the guards hand saying, “No way today”.   Since I climbed the stairs,  I still wanted a group photo!

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Met the delightful Brendan Friel, from  Whitefish, MT and his dad.  He is currently on the second floor until a space opens up for him.  We encourage him to visit the 3rd floor often.So nice to hear about Brendan’s flyflishing adventures.  He reminded me a lot of Pete McBride!

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Steve’s new cup that Harry brought for him!   Oh yeah, party in Carol and Stevie’s room after he got his new stem cells, and I finally got to meet Gro Larson, from Norway and her family : )

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Let the new birthday, new life celebration festivities begin.  Mine were not the best photos, but there will be others. 

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                          Andrea gets her Iris pin, symbolizing new life. 

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                                                                Anastastia runs to hug Stevie!!!

 

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Dr. Fedorenko is so happy to through the final liquid nitrogen down the hallway!

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Everyone enjoyed the celebration and we’ll have another one tomorrow!

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For many of of us, it was our first liquid nitrogren, new life, birthday celebration.  It will be one to be remembered!!!!

 

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Ooops, I was supposed to have my second chemo cleansing between 2 and 3 pm.  Did not remember until after the celebration, so I started about 9:30 pm.  Wake me when it’s time to give me my new immune system : )

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9 Comments on “n3kids@gmail.com”

  1. Pete McBride says:

    That Brendan looks like good company! I look forward to tuning up my flyfishing skills (and possibly growing the soul patch) this summer!

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  2. Karen says:

    Seems like an amazingly supportive group. Thanks for sharing your experience. Sending good thoughts your way.

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  3. Barbara Gewirtz says:

    So it will really be a true Independence Day as you get your new stem cells! Mazel Tov! xo

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  4. Joan Rhoades says:

    it seems that everyone is making this as positive and happy and PARTYING experience!!! New LIFE, new friends, new immune system and a whole new language!!! GOOD NEWS!!! EXCELLENT!!! ❤ ❤ ❤

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  5. Joan Cleary says:

    Glad to see you back online. Thanks for sharing all the photos of your treatment and time in Moscow. It sounds like you have helped to create a loving experience for all the patients and staff. That is just like you. I know they will miss you when you return to the US. Hope tomorrow goes easy for you.

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  6. Eddie Nash says:

    PARRRRRTAAAAYYYYYYY !!! Is Brendan Friel on any of the HSCT pages? He is from my home state of Missouri! Tell him hello for me please!

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