Today was a big day for Anthony. He received his stem cell transplant. As of now he is exhausted and doing his best to get comfortable. Normal side effects include fatigue and flu like symptoms. Anthony will continued to be closely monitored by his medical team. Today is considered day 0. He has to remain in the hospital for at least 14 additional days and will do some physical therapy to help regain some strength. Please surround Anthony with love, support and prayer for these next 7 days are going to be his most challenging. Pray in agreement that any side effects will not impact Anthony and he will be in remission by the next PET scan. The days leading up to today were filled with frequent vitals, chemotherapy and restlessness. The nursing staff and doctors at the Methodist Hospital have been nothing short of phenomenal. Dr. Shaughnessy has been very thorough yet personable. He has brought a lot of comfort during this stressful time. The nursing staff is beginning to feel like family. One even named her new kitten Stanley! Before the transplant, Anthony attended an art class, went on walks on his hospital floor, watched sports and Jerry Springer. Although he is not at home, Anthony is grateful to be in a place that is as accommodating to him and to my mom as they possibly can. As of today, we are now in recovery mode. We are so grateful for family and friends continuously asking about Anthony and my mom. Please continue to share Anthony's story and let's help him kick cancer's butt! My mom asked permission to take some photos during the process. Here is a snapshot of Anthony's transplant. .
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