Monthly Archives: October 2015

HSCT Transplant Day, Day 0 – Dr. Richard Burt

HSCT Transplant with Dr. Richard Burt is completed.
It still is the best, physically well that I felt to date.
The transplant it self is not very eventful. It takes 20 minutes compare to 5-8 hours for harvest the stem cells.
I talk about how it felt and what is next.
Love Always, Lana.

Stems Cell coming home!

Me during the actual transplant. Kaitlyn Leska, PA for Dr. Burt is next to me and she is talking me through it.

Day +1, HSCT Transplant is around the corner!

Day +1, Transplant is around the corner for HSCT with Dr. Richard Burt. Day +1 was a good day, I was freed from cath and had a couple of hours of nothing running into my veins. Nausea and fatigue was rough but that is to be expected. I cried a lot that day, thinking of my family an wanting to see them and hug them. Thought about the meaning of life and what is important in this life. It’s almost like here is the point when you will start a new life, so re-evaluation and analyzing was in order for me.
Love Always, Lana

Part 2 – HSCT Transplant

Here is the Part 2 video, it is a good video to watch.
So, basically I am admitted to the hospital for HSCT Transplant with Dr. Richard Burt and the countdown begins from day +5, Day 0 is your transplant day and everything there after is Day -x.
I talk about what the admission entails and other details. Please, leave comments, questions and feedback.

Feeling Scared, overwhelmed to start the transplant

So, I got to go home for 11 days after my mobilization and harvest.
The time was ticking and I started to feel emotional about leaving my family and being gone at NorthWesten for HSCT with Dr. Richard Burt. A bit of fear kicked in as well. So I made this video, the message is that it is ok to be fearful it is a normal reaction, so I asked for everyone just allow me to feel it.
Love Always, Lana

HSCT Dr. Burt (Stem Cell Transplant) Part 1

Here is a video that is a must watch.
This video was made after mobilization at Northwestern for HSCT with Dr. Richard Burt. I go into fairly deep explanation what it involved and what will come in the next few days. From chemo to other medications, what am I am expected to feel like and so on.
This is Part 1.

Caregivers, loved ones, relationships and auto-immune decease

This video came along very naturally to us. Sergei and I hear from the patients as well as loved ones, and it is hard to maintain a strong, loving, lasting relationship while facing a scary monster(such as Multiple Sclerosis in our case) that can attack at any time. So here is our perspective on it, how we make it work, it’s honest and raw. I hope you will enjoy. Leave your comments!
Love Always, Lana