Sunday, April 11, 2010

Resurgence of The Numbers

All through the first round of chemo (induction) we were daily and diligently watching Brandon's blood counts. At the time we needed to see them hit zero (to indicate death to the cancer) and then rise (to show the recovery of Brandon's immune system).

Now we are back to the daily report. This time we are looking to see evidence that the newly transplanted stem cells have engrafted and are starting to grow into a new HEALTHY immune system. The speed at which this happens varies from one person to the next, but depends heavily on the match quality (related donor is best, Brandon was lucky to find a non-related 10/10 match) and on the Graft vs Host Disease (GVHD) that can occur.

Well we are THRILLED to report that at day +12 (12 days post transplant), Brandon is starting to show signs of success (knock on wood). His platelets have started to rise on their own and his white blood cell count has increased ever so slightly!!


In terms of how Brandon is feeling - the last 3 days have been REALLY tough - the toughest thus far. His mouth and throat are covered in sores and these are so painful that he can't eat or drink anything (not even water) and he can't even speak. They are giving him some morphine which dulls the pain a bit and allows him to sleep. He has lost quite a bit of weight already and his hair has fallen out again. Apparently he should start feeling better as his numbers continue to increase so we are hopeful that in a few days there will be some relief.

As for his spirit - what can I say? It is inspiring!! This Friday will be Brandon's birthday and he is 'convincing' his Dr that he will be home to celebrate. I hope this one birthday wish can come true so that he can spend it with the kids!

So he fights, and we wait -We celebrate the great news and we hope the tough moments start to diminish.


  1. Best from us in Ann Arbor, glad to hear that although Brandon is still quite uncomfortable, things are moving in the right direction. We are continuing to keep our fingers crossed , and thinking of you.

    Paul and Leah

  2. Prayers still need to come for Brandon as he still battles with these side effects...and of course, that his transplant be his biggest birthday present of his life!!!

  3. Dearest Taly & Brandon,
    We think of you & pray for you each day.
    You truly are a prince & princess.
    We are inspired by your love, dedication, determination & openness.
    Spring is a time of renewal, & we pray that the transplant & treatment will bring Brandon renewed health & strength.
    With so much love & big hugs,
    Dani, Phil, Zavi & Joelle

  4. Taly & Brandon,
    Our hearts continue to go out to you both in your suffering, but we rejoice at answered prayers for the donor match and now as the numbers are starting to increase once again! Keep those numbers rising!!!
    We continue to cry out to the Maker of heaven & earth on your behalf.
    All our love,
    Doug & Sharon

  5. The road to recovery has its challenges but it sounds like, step by step, day by day, that you are well on your way. You have both shown all of us such inspiring strength that we have become, albeit from a distance, committed and caring supporters. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Leo & Jeannie