Appproaching Day Zero

Dear Friends,

Here I am in my beautiful room on one of two transplant floors at MSKCC on Day -1 on my transplant journey. So far the story has been preparing me to be a polite host to the bumptious, young stem cells whom I will welcome tomorrow in the form of a simple transfusion. But the whole transplant team will assemble for the occasion, which speaks to their professional sense of shared responsibility.

Today is my single “day of rest” after four days of intense chemotherapies and other medications that are pretty much as predicted —  rough. I take inspiration from the many women I know who have undergone similar treatments for their own cancers. We are lucky to have our family nearby, as well as many friends on this road with me.

After the transfusion itself tomorrow, my job is to avoid bacterial and viral infections, of whatever kind, and encourage the new stem-cells to engraft themselves and not to develop the scary graft vs. host disease.

If all goes well, Sarah and I will move into an apartment owned by MSK just a few blocks from here on May 6. We will be able to see friends and family there — but, alas, only there, since restaurants, parties, exhibits, plays, etc. all all verboten because of risk of infections.

Much love to all of your for your expressions of support, which make a diference every day.




25 thoughts on “Appproaching Day Zero

  1. Barb Webb

    Lanny and Sarah – I hope you can both feel the love and strength being sent from Hopewell to your UES bubble and stem cell incubator. xoxo Barb and Jim W.

  2. Pauline Egan

    Lanny- Your positive and humor-filled attitude alone should get you through this! We drove by Café Baci yesterday which always brings back memories of past Spring Vacations in Sarasota!!! Here’s to many more! Xoxo. Pauline and Bill

  3. elizabeth douglass

    Hope your day of rest has resulted in less discomfort. Wishing you all kinds of luck for the procedure, patience for the days of waiting, and a good outcome – good health and well-being ahead. Love from Betsy and Tom

  4. Chris Leahy

    Lanny, Ro and I are thinking of you tonight, and all day tomorrow we will be sending good wishes your way. We look forward to hearing that the procedure is behind you so that you can begin the job of welcoming your new cells and healing. Much love, Chris

  5. Nancy Grote

    Dear Lanny and Sarah, you are constantly in our thoughts and prayers. We send tons and tons of love as you make this descent followed by an amazing ASCENT. Love, Bob and Nancy

  6. Ann Medlock

    Lanny, Your humor and grace are good passengers for this journey. I’m following with a personal agenda–my youngest son has a form of leukemia that may require a transplant. You’re in teaching mode here! Sending you germless, distant good wishes.

  7. Rich

    Thanks, Lanny, for keeping us all in the loop. To “the pollen path of the Navajo” cited above I would add the image from Pia’s upcoming column: “Someone with a hairknot who has another hairknot” fending off all germs as they approach MSK. Nell and I wish you well.

  8. Joyce Carol Oates

    dearest Lanny– this is a remarkable journey, like traveling to Mars. you are so precise in your language — such “grace under pressure”– thank you for sharing this. we are all thinking of you. I will hope that sometime after May 15, when I return to Princeton, I can come visit. love & hugs,
    Joyce (Charlie thought you were so brave! he knew a bit about the medical technology involved here & found the entire procedure fascinating from a scientific perspective….)

  9. Penelope and Ben Pierce

    Lanny, Montana is with you sending love and all good wishes. You will crush this. Penelope

  10. Joy Stocke

    Dearest brave friend – enjoy your day of rest. And how could those new cells not love you as we do?

  11. Chuck Jones

    Thank you, Lanny, for your update and for being so brave. Know that we’re here to share the load whenever you need it. Thinking of you 24-7. -Chuck

  12. Nell Whiting

    You are thought of daily, if not more often. Long road, hard slog, all work and no play, the list can go on but you are up for it all. With love to you and Sarah

  13. Thomas Singer

    Dear Lanny, Blessings to you and Sarah and your family. You are in my heart and spirit as you walk this road. The pollen path of the Navajo come to mind. Safe journey.

  14. eliotdaley

    Of course you know that tomorrow a tsunami of love will envelop the entire MSK enterprise tomorrow with an intense focus on you-know-whom. You’ll feel it.




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