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Thursday, July 27, 2006

Four Rounds Down, Two To Go…

I’ve completed four full rounds of GND and if my blood numbers are good on the 31st, I’ll begin round five. I feel good and outside a few days of nausea after treatment, life is pretty normal.

I was interviewed over the weekend… Fox News interviewed me at the Relay For Life, the interview was live and aired Sunday morning. I’ll post the picture next week.

Also, there is a really urgent need right now and I would really appreciate your help. I know in the past when I’ve needed help, you guys step up big time… This is one of those times. My dear and fabulous friend Lindsay Brass has Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), and must a have a bone marrow transplant. I’ve added a page for her that is accessible from the home page called Lindsay Brass. Please take a moment and read her story and visit her website. Please keep Lindsay and her family in your prayers; she’s currently at Sloan Kettering in NYC.

This is my off week for treatment. I’m treated again on the July 31st, which also happens to be my parent’s 24th wedding anniversary. I feel good right now and my energy is okay.

My Papa got married July 15th…it was fun getting together with my Uncle Tim and Aunt Jennie and all my cousins who I haven’t seen in a very long time. I’ve really enjoyed hanging out with them these last couple of weeks. My cousin Aaron is going with me to New York in August and I'm looking forward to our trip to the NYC.

Summer is off to a great start, I can’t tell you how happy I am to be back home with my family and friends. I’ll post more pictures in the next few weeks. I appreciate your continued prayers and the encouraging e-mails. God bless you all.

Fight 2 Win,

-Alese

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Pictures...

I was busted eating all the fries...



My sister Shallyn (you complete me)...Lola: my child/ obsession...

Where would the world be without Taco Bell?

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Double Positive....

I’m back living in California (hopefully for good) And I have good news!

It’s been a busy two weeks. My Dad and I flew back to the east coast on June 23rd to pack-up and ship all my stuff back to California.

I’ve officially moved out of the Honeywell house in Madison, New Jersey. I really want to thank Honeywell’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Cote and Senior Vice President, Mr. Weidenkopf for making it possibly for me to stay there. This allowed me to receive treatment at Sloan Kettering and made it possible for Dr. O. to find the combination of treatment protocols that has kept the HD manageable. Words of gratitude seem insufficient, I’m forever grateful for your generosity and willingness to help!

I was back in Cali for four days before flying back to NY for an unscheduled PET/CT scan. I started itching while we were packing, initially; I thought it was just weather related because it was 90 degrees with a 100 percent humidity. It was gross. But, the itch continued after we returned to Cali. So, I called Dr. O and he said; “Get back here now and we’re going to scan you.” I flew in Sunday evening and was scanned late Monday afternoon, and flew back to Cali Tuesday evening, just in time for fireworks.

The good news… I’ve had a 50% reduction in all cancerous lymph nodes in my body... WHOO HOO. I’m going to continue GND for a few months and than start SaHa sometime in September.

I also want to thank Abby Oberman and her fabulous family for allowing me to stay with them over the weekend. Thank you, I love you guys. (Abby you're my long lost sister)

I’m treated again on Monday at COH, I started working out again for the first time in like a year. I got on the eliptical machine and was feeling pretty good- two minutes in to it I thought I was toast, seriously, I thought I was having a heat attack. I ended up staying on it for about 15 minutes, and I'm very proud of myself! I feel good and I'm ready for the summer.

Fight 2 Win,
-Alese