Remembering Chase’s ‘Rebirth’
Today is Chase’s stem cell transplant anniversary. Within the cancer world, it’s a celebratory occasion and is treated like a new birthday or a day when a child is re-born.
According to cancer.org,
In a typical stem cell transplant for cancer very high doses of chemo are used, often along with radiation therapy, to try to destroy all the cancer cells. This treatment also kills the stem cells in the bone marrow. Soon after treatment, stem cells are given to replace those that were destroyed. These stem cells are given into a vein, much like a blood transfusion. Over time they settle in the bone marrow and begin to grow and make healthy blood cells. This process is called engraftment.
June 5th is a day to celebrate and be thankful for the ‘rebirth’ of Chase and his continuing good health.