Thursday, September 4, 2014

Day Zero - Tiffany's New Alternative Birthday - Transplant!

'Today you are you!  That is truer than true!  There is no one alive who is you-er than you!"
Dr. Seuss

Well, Dr. Seuss,  you are wrong.  Today Tiffany is one part Tiffany, and one part a young German female.

She received her TRANSPLANT!  WE MADE IT!  Yes, the journey continues, but there was a point just over a month ago that today was in serious jeopardy - so today we celebrate.

You will see in the above picture, Tiffany holding up the line of stem cells and you can see the expression on her face - one full of emotion telling us that indeed, she made it!  (The blanket to the side is a gift from the nurses they brought in as they sang 'Happy Birthday'.  See below.)

As I explained in the last post, we expected this part of the transplant to be kind of anticlimactic.  Merely a blood transfusion.  Not so.

Oh, it wasn't way different in so many ways.  But the fact of what it was and what it would do for Tiffany was amazing!  And then, on top of that, you could actually see the stem cells move through the tubing!  It was mesmerizing.  We sat there almost the full hour and a half it was being transfused into her and watched it go through the tube.  At one point, with her dad on the phone - Tiffany started naming some of them and was telling them where they were assigned, "Your name is Bob, you go to my femur.  Jillian, head to my hips.  George, ..."

We got a cool video of it going in - check this out... (I uploaded it as HD - but it just isn't looking as good as it does on the original - so if you are ever near me when I have the Ipad - let me show you - you can see the individual cells going in - it's so cool!)

We are indeed grateful.  Yes, Tiffany is starting to feel awful, just plain yucky.  But today, we celebrate, for thanks to a wonderful German young woman, Tiffany has life back in her.

And so our 100 days begins.  100 days is not a magical number.  Things could go very well and be out of the critical stage early, or there could possibly a few complications and be a little bit late.  But December 11th is our target.  We will make it.

And we will then celebrate whomever Tiffany is made up of now.




  1. YAY!! I'm so happy for you guys... her smile says it all. Truly a new lease on life, modern medicine is just astounding, isn't it! What a blessing to live during a generation where these things are possible. Congrats on beginning the next chapter in your journey to wellness!

  2. I love these pictures! What an amazing thing. We are all thinking of you guys here at home, and praying for you always. Tiffany, I hope you will feel our love and support in the rough days ahead. You are so TUFF (-:

  3. I'm crying as I type this. Tears of joy and gratitude. Tiffany is in great hands: The Lord's hands, the medical staff, the donor, her husband, friends, family - and countless unseen angels that have been beckoned by our prayers. Hang in there!

  4. Nothing about Tiffany is ever anticlimactic! Miraculous? Definitely! Modern medicine continues to amaze me. I will forever be grateful to this anonymous, German girl for her life saving gift!

  5. So glad this day has come. Thanks for keeping things up to date Nathan. Tiffany, best wishes for the next few weeks. I'll be sending good thoughts and prayers your way.

  6. Such an awesome post! I'm so thrilled for you guys!! We will continue to pray for a quick ingraftment & for the rough days ahead to be as easy as possible!! What a joyous miracle!!

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