Thursday, February 17, 2011

Prayers Please!!

My family received some pretty devastating news yesterday.

Just a little background info on the situation: 16 years ago my grandma {Memama} was diagnosed with ITP.. which is basically a blood disorder where your immune system destroys your platelets. This, along with a few other health problems she was dealing with, almost killed her. I was too young to remember any of it, but my parents said they called the family in on 3 different occasions to say good-bye. She was in the hospital for months until she finally recovered from everything.

She has been some-what healthy since all of this happened.. I say some-what because although the ITP was gone she was dealing with all sorts of other things.

My Memama is basically my second mom, I am SO close with her and my Pop. Her health has never affected her in terms of the things she wants to do. Although its harder for her to get around now, she never missed a cheerleading competition, basketball game, awards ceremony, etc. for me or any of my cousins. She is seriously the best Grandma anyone could have!

Now for the bad news :(
After 16 years my Memama's ITP has returned.
By the time she got to her doctor yesterday her platelets were down to 15,000.
There are four new drugs to treat ITP that weren't around the last time she had it.
Today she is having a bone marrow test to rule out cancers and on Friday morning she will start an 8-week round of Chemo. It is given once a week for 5-6 hours, and as my Memama said "praise the Lord it's not the kind that makes your hair fall out or cause the severe nausea".
It's called Retuxin and is given for lymphoma and leukemia, but also works for ITP with pretty good results.

Surprisingly my Memama is in pretty good spirits about everything.
She says she is just grateful for the 16 extra years that she has already been given, because like I mentioned earlier we almost lost her several times.

So, if you think about it today just say a little prayer that my Memama gets through all of this..again


  1. I'll be praying for her girl! she's a strong tough lady, she'll get through this again! God has blessed her with 16 extra years and he's not done with her yet :) singing praises that she survived it thus far and will continue to :) Always remember : This too shall pass! Sending hugs and prayers your away!

  2. I will praying for her and the rest of your family!

  3. Praying for you and your family. The Lord already has it all worked out, you just have to trust him! Isaiah 41:10

  4. You all are in my thoughts and prayers :)

  5. I will definitely keep her in my prayers.

  6. I'll keep her in my thoughts and prayers!

  7. Praying for your Grandma and your family Jamie!!! I'm so sorry!