It's going to get harder before it gets better, you just have to make it through the hard stuff first!
Day 0, this is it, the day we have been waiting for, i'ts finally here. The day Ronnie's stem cells get infused back into his body. Then the magic begins for the next 12 months. Dr. Ruiz says to see the full benefit it could take from 12 to 24 months.
There's a saying people like to say about taking the road less traveled. I believe Ronnie has done that with his HSCT trek. Out of 14 people here this month he did not follow the same path. He went up to the highest Mountain peak, reached the summit and is making his way down. And it feels great! Everyone else just had little bumps in the road, except Kirsty from the UK. She had a bit of a rough road as well with the first round of chemo and ended up in the hospital. But she has turned the corner and is doing remarkably well.
The last 4 days have been the toughest thing we have ever been through together. It should be clear sailing from here on in.
Thank you for all your kind words of encouragement to every one who has reached out to us. We love you all and are so thankful to have you in our lives. GOD BLESS ALLABODY! A quote from Grandma Perotti.
Ronnie caving in and getting his head shaved, just to be prepared in case he loses it.
The carers of our group and our driver Lorenzo
Birthday card and birthday t-shirts from the clinic with Ronnie's group
Dr. Ruiz, is the 2011 alumnus of the year from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester Minnesota. He was also awarded the Distinguished Student. This appointment is the highest recognition awarded by the Mayo Clinic.
Since the foundation of the Mayo Clinic Distinguished Alumni award, only 85 Doctors out of the worlds 10,000 alumni have received it.
We are looking forward to meeting this amazing Doctor!