Today is a big day for the my sister and her family. Joe is receiving his second bone marrow transplant.
For the past 16 months the Boggs family have been living in an extended state uncertainty and chaos. A successful bone marrow transplant is a critical.
During the course of his treatment Joe has had 55 days of chemo, 8 bone marrow biopsies, somewhere between 3 and 5 hundred blood product transfusions and has been hospitalized for over twelve weeks. Joe is a particularly incredible human being, and if cancer could be beat with strength and will power, he would have been done with it a long time ago.
Joe's type of cancer leaves him dangerously immune deficient, making it unsafe for him to do normal, daily things, that I take for granted. When Joe isn't at the hospital, he lives at an apartment near Duke. Lois Fitzgerald and Kaye Boggs take turns being with Arleigh, while Maggie navigates the challenges of caring for the two people she loves most on this earth.
My sister is a warrior... mustering strength from a deep well of faith and character. She amazes me and I am proud of her every single day.
Please pray that the transplant Joe's receives today is a success. My sister and her family are ready to get past treatment and on to healing. Christmas will be hard for them this year. Arleigh and my mom will be with us in Nashville and Maggie and Joe will possibly still be in the hospital.