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Lisa's BMT Support
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My name is Lisa Griewisch. I am 40, married mother of two great kids, Jack 12 and Grace 13. Yes, its trying teen years with our kids and to make it 100 times worse, I need a Bone Marrow Transplant. More ...

My name is Lisa Griewisch. I am a 40 year old married mother of two kids Jack 12 and Grace 13. We are at that time of trying teen years with our kids and to make it 100x worse,  I was told my leukemia relapsed and I will now require a bone marrow transplant.

Five years ago February 26, 2009 I was diagnosed with ALL and put in the hospital immediately for a 36 day stay. Hospitals test all day for the first three days then after the port was inserted, chemo began. I reached remission by April and I was sent home to continue the IV chemo making many trips back and forth to Cleveland University Hospital for the last 5 years. I finished chemo maintenance May 31, 2012. Now I didn't get that far without many obstacles before me. Obstacles the dr's said, "hmm interesting." Necrosis of the Bone marrow, avascular necrosis of the bones followed by two full hip replacements, and a partial right shoulder replacement, leaving my left should (eventually in need of replacement) dying slowly to this day. In September a friend of mine commented on the bruised bump I had on my cheek and I thought it may be a spider bite. But it didn't go away. So I thought a pimple that won't come to surface. Still there?! So in November, I called to try to get in with a dermatologist. They said the earliest was March. But they had a PA who could come in January 15. Great. Let's get this weird bump off my cheek. It wasn't flattering!

I found out on January 26,  that as it turned out the little bump was a cluster of leukemia cells that had found their way outside of the blood stream. Test after test showed there was no leukemia anywhere else. So why go this far? Why not remove the clump and be done? Unlike a tumor, they can't see it, but it doesn't mean it isn't there. Leukemia's favorite game is hide and seek.  There could be a billion in my marrow but unless the counts go up to multiple billions, they are invisible. So from my understanding, it's safer to assume that there are some expert hiders in me.

I have no match right now, so more chemo until they find one. Hoping to be ready by April. Join and help someone like me, in need of a hero.

I wanted to thank all of you who are offering your help and prayers. We really appreciate your help how ever way you can give. I am joining this sight for monetary donations so that if you want/can help us out with travel costs, childcare costs, and non covered medical expenses, there is a place for that. If you prefer to send gas cards, gift cards of any kind, email me and I'll send my address.

When the transplant does happen, I am to not to expect to do anything for at least 6 months. No cooking, cleaning, grocery shopping, driving, nada. And then I will most likely need home help. But, one step at a time. Right now I am setting a goal for $3500. If you would like to and can give thank you and if you can't, thank you just the same. Please keep praying God's strength for our entire family and my healing. Sincerely, Lisa Griewisch

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