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Apr 7 / grace

Truly Blood Brothers

Matt and Lindsay Harrisonburg

The schedule is set – Friday (Apr 8) Matt will be admitted to the hospital to begin the preparation for a bone marrow transplant. Friday through Tuesday Matt will undergo intense chemo and radiation, then on Wednesday the transplant will take place. Jon will be the donor. Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, Jon will have injections to help stimulate his bone marrow to produce extra stems cells. Then Wednesday morning they will collect these extra cells from Jon. This process is called apheresis, and is sort of like dialysis. They will run Jon’s blood through machines and separate out these stem cells and return Jon’s blood back to him!! Once they collect a few million of these stem cells, they will give them to Matt, as a transfusion. At that point these cells will find their way to Matt’s bones and he will then make new cells, and will have Jon’s DNA! Amazing.

This is a very quick, semi-scientific explaination of a bone marrow transplant. I was told by the transplant nurse that this can be called a bone marrow transplant or a stem cell transplant. It will replace Matt’s bone marrow with Jon’s.

Matt will stay in the hospital for 4 to 6 weeks, and he will need to stay in the same room. He can have visitors; however, any visitor must put on a gown and gloves. Of course if you are at all sick please do not visit, Matt will have to rebuild his immune system.

Once Matt’s blood counts start to come up, he will be allowed to come home, but visitors and his activities will be extremely limited for a few months. There is no doubt that this will be a real trial for Matt as he will not feel well and will have so many restrictions.

I am sure that he will appreciate card, emails, and visitors.

Lindsay will also need our encouragement. I know that she will want to spend time with Matt, and it will be a lot of extra work for her.

Alan, Jon, Amanda and I will take turns as we can keeping Matt company and helping out as needed. He will have to be very careful again with what he can eat, and no flowers in his room. Once he gets home he will not be allowed to cook, clean, do laundry or go out in public for a few months. I think this sounds way more fun than it will actually be for Matt!!

Most of all we will appreciate your prayers, they really help to give us all strength.


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  1. Ben Wideman / Apr 10 2011

    Our thoughts and prayers are certainly with you all. Hoping for smooth sailing ahead!

  2. Penny Blosser / Apr 10 2011

    We are praying for you and your family. Stay strong – if anyone can beat this you can.

  3. Wanda and Leon / Apr 9 2011

    We are keeping you and Lindsay in our hearts and prayers.

  4. Mike / Apr 8 2011

    Best wishes Matt. We’ll be thinking of you and praying for you.

  5. Nicole / Apr 7 2011

    I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers!! Stay strong and as positive as you can!!!! I know how hard it is so keep your chin up and NEVER give up!! There will be an end to this, even though it doesnt seem like it now, so power through : )

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