Just a quick update to share with all of you that Tami has completed her six rounds of chemo. Today is a day off with no treatments and tomorrow is the BIG day! Tami will receive her stem cell transplant. Currently Tami feels slightly nauseous and very tired. Her exhaustion is most certainly due in part to the fact that her red blood cell production has ceased due to the chemo. She will be receiving transfusions as needed to help replenish her missing red blood cells and platelets as well as antibiotics for her lack of immune system due to the chemo also destroying her white blood cells.
I will continue to post periodic updates here on the Flirty Blog but if you want to read her daily updates please visit the Helping Tami Blog. Thank you for all of your prayers and support. Tami has so far been incredibly blessed through this entire experience finding a perfect 10/10 match from someone willing and healthy enough to donate to her so quickly. His generosity to help save her is overwhelming considering 50% of those who are found to be matches decline to make the donation or are deemed ineligible to donate due to health conditions.
If you aren't currently in the National Marrow Registry and would like to join please visit the AADP website to order a home test kit. Or visit the following link to locate a live drive in your area:
CLICK HERE to use the zip code locater to find a drive near you.
And here's some HUGE news! Beginning July 1, 2009 Testing for ALL Ethnicities will be Free!
Yup, Be The Match is moving to a new business model where they will begin fundraising efforts year round to cover the cost of testing for everyone!