I have a very dear friend whose father (Chris McGargill) has been diagnosed with Myelofibrosis, which is a disease of the bone marrow. Essentially, due to scarring of the bone marrow his body is no longer producing the red blood cells that it needs to support his vital organs. He noticed a lack of energy and a general feeling of illness. After a battery of tests, to include more than one bone marrow biopsy, it was determined that this is his final diagnosis. Unfortunately, there is no cure for Myelofibrosis. The treatment is experimental at best and is designed to treat the symptoms, not the disease.
In order to support the declining red blood cells, he is currently receiving blood transfusions every 6-7 days. Through this process, he and his family have truly realized how important blood donations are to saving lives!
What I am asking, is that during this time of thanksgiving, faith, and holiday spirit, that you all consider donating a little of your time and your blood in his honor.
The Blood Drive is Wednesday December 29th from 6:30am-6:30pm at Millard North High School. The entire process from registration through snacks only takes an hour of your time. You can register by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS. When you register, be sure to tell them that you are donating in honor of Chris McGargill.
If you register by December 3, you will be entered in a drawing to win a cool, custom Husker Shirt designed by Sabrina Ahern. Special snacks will be available and childcare will be provided by reed Cross Volunteers!
If you have eligibility questions, please contact the Red Cross.
To learn more about my friends father, go to:
GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE!!!!
What am I thankful for?!?! Those who go above and beyond to help others...even strangers!!! HOPE and LOVE!!!
(Megan- if I left anything out, leave it in the comments below...maybe the registration link to register online? Love you, Girl! Thanks for letting me post this here!)
My labs were good thanks to my Neupogen shots over the weekend, and while my hemoglobin was low, it wasn't so low as to need a blood transfusion, so....more chemo for me!! As of tonight I am 7 down and 3 to go!!!! YAY! Moving right along! This is the first time I have had 3 treatments in a row with no breaks due to illness or low blood counts! My attitude towards treatment is getting better! HAPPY DANCE!!!
Hopefully I wont get the kids' strep throat. Luckily they have both been on antibiotics for over 24 hours, but I am sure I was exposed a week ago! Poor kids...they seem to be fine though. They don't act sick at all and are wild as always!
I am drinking Kangen water regularly now and have my Enagic water system hooked up at home!
Thankful for?! GRANDPA AND GRANDMA LEFF FOR BUYING ME THIS WATER SYSTEM...THEY ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN TO HELP FIGHT MY CANCER. I love you!
On the couch all day while I should be shopping, and still tired. I will regret not having gotten these great deals when it comes time to open my credit card bill next month.
What am I thankful for!? My great oral surgeon, Dr. Andrew Glenn! I go in in a month and he is going to help me with this exposed bone in my mouth! Here's hoping he can make me feel better! He is SOOO VERY KIND!!!!
This year I am thankful for being able to spend quality time with family. I am thankful that I am healthy enough to share moments with those I care about. I am thankful for time playing Chutes and Ladders and making pie with Laken. I am thankful that Skye still spends time with me even though he is getting way too cool for me.
Lastnight Skye, Laken, and I were getting ready to watch a movie in bed, and they fought over who got to be next to me, then i fell asleep and woke to Laken carefully covering me with my prayer cloth. What sweet kids! I couldn't be any luckier! Times might get hard, but there are so many wonderful moments that make up for the difficult ones! God bless! Hope and Love, T
6 down/4 to go!!! Lab was good and chemo was a go! As long as I don't get any opportunistic viruses or bacterial infections we should have this figured out- chemotherapy on Mondays and then shots to boost my white blood cells on Saturday and Sunday mornings. With this plan, I should be good to go for treatment the last 4 weeks in a row!!!! Woo-hoo! A little stomach upset, but for the most part I am feeling great!
Over the weekend Dan and I took the kids to Great Wolf Lodge and a Chiefs game! We left Friday right after the kids got out of school. We were able to play at the waterpark on Friday night and all morning/afternoon on Saturday! Then, Saturday night we hit Dave and Busters for dinner, games, a couple drinks, and to watch the Huskers battle Texas A&M and the Big XII officials...not to mention the Pelini tantrums. Sunday we got up and headed to the Chiefs game. It was the first NFL game for the boy and myself!!! What a great time! I was BEAT Sunday night and today. I need to get some rest now!
What am I thankful for!? A great vacation with Dan and the boys! I needed that and I think the boys did too! They have a lot of stress in their little lives. I hate that for them!
I am also thankful for my chemo today!!! An exchange from earlier this evening:
ME: Ugh, I hate chemo.
SKYE: Well then, go off of it an see how well you like THAT!
ME: Good point ...sorry.
Hope and Love, T-Racy
HAVE A VERY HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
PRACTICE GIVING DAILY THANKS WITH YOUR SPOUSE, KIDS, AND/OR OTHER FAMILY/FRIENDS, WE DO!
In the last week I have had a good friend lose her dad to cancer (Nick was like a second dad to me! RIP), my friend Jennifer endures infection and pain in in her breast a year post breast cancer diagnosis (when does the pain stop?), I missed two chemo treatments due to illness but then felt well enough to visit my grandpa for his 80th birthday, and as of today, 5th chemo down with 5 to go! I am HALF-WAY and then scans to see what the heck is going on in there!
Thankful for!? Time with my Grandparents in Branson! It was a great time!!!!
Last Monday night I got sick. I was unable to get out of bed all week. I finally went to the hospital Saturday morning because I was so worn out and completely dehydrated. While there it was confirmed that I had c diff. They put me on 4 different medications and by Tuesday evening I was not completely better but good enough to finish recovering at home. I missed my boys so badly!
What am I thankful for!? My own bed!