Monday, May 3, 2010

Bone Marrow Transplant #2

This second "BMT Birthday" was rougher than the first.

As soon as the DMSO (the chemical mixed with Tali's stem cells to prevent damage during freezing) hit her system, she started showing signs of severe nausea.

Pretty soon she started vomiting and didn't really have much reprieve throughout the entire transplant/infusion process. It was really hard to see her get to the point of constant dry heaving.

We had a great nurse today and she thought to bring some warm blankets for Tali as the stem-cell infusion completed. This really soothed her and she was able to fall asleep in my arms for a long while.

Things improved as the day progressed.

Audrey brought all our other children to the hospital with her tonight so we could spend a few minutes together as a family. Of course, Talitha loved seeing everyone.
While we were together for a few minutes, we talked about faith vs. fear. We have experienced the reality first hand that faith and fear cannot be present at the same time. So, if you want to fight fear, you must build faith.

Here are four guaranteed ways to build faith in Christ:
  • Read/search the scriptures daily
  • Fervently and frequently pray to Heavenly Father
  • Keep God's commandments
  • Follow the counsel of God's prophets
We talked about the things in life that we can be afraid of (including cancer). The challenge now is to eliminate the dark places in our lives where fear breeds by shining the light of an ever-strengthening faith.

Our loving Savior knows that fear serves no one but the enemy of our souls. He invites us to have faith by focusing on Him and not the world.

"Look unto me in every thought; doubt not, fear not." (D&C 6:36)

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