Before we started the harvest process, Bridget had prepared Sue for the worst. Sometimes the harvest takes a number of days. It really depends on how many stem cells your body produces. The Neupogen is supposed to facilitate white blood/stem cell production, but they opted not to give Sue the super expensive (like $6,000 per shot) Plexifor. At 4 p.m. Bridget would tell us the results of today's harvest and determine the course of things for tomorrow.
A stem cell transplant takes about 3 units of stem cells (we don't know what the unit measure is). Dr. Wolf likes to collect at least 10 units of stem cells if possible, so that multiple stem cell transplants over a course of years are possible from one harvest. 6 units would be a minimum target, and sometimes it takes a week of harvesting to get that many. Because Sue did not get the Plexifor, all the staff were anticipating a multi-day harvest.
At 4:20 p.m. Bridget delivered the news: SUE DID GREAT! They harvested 15 units of stem cells from her in one day! That's enough for up to five stem cell transplants. The doctors on staff and Bridget were pretty amazed. Sue just might be a textbook case -- the good results kind.
We recognize this Great Harvest -- and the good results of Sue's whole course of treatments so far -- as the answer to the many prayers of our friends and families. We thank you all for your support and for walking this road with us.