After much deliberation, tomorrow morning I will begin a brand new treatment regimen with a chemotherapeutic agent called Rituximab (also known as “Rituxan”). This particular drug is a chimeric monoclonal antibody against the protein CD20, which is primarily found on the surface of B cells. Rituximab destroys B cells and is therefore used to treat diseases which are characterized by excessive numbers of B cells, overactive B cells, or dysfunctional B cells. This includes many lymphomas, leukemias, transplant rejection, and autoimmune disorders. While I do not have lymphoma, I have tested positively for an elevated level of CD20+ markers. Additionally, Rituxan is used in instances of autoimmunity that fail treatment with IVIG and plasmapheresis, which is the case for me.
I am comforted in knowing I am under the care of two of the most kindhearted practitioners I have ever encountered. I have faith in their work, because I know the depth of their goodness. Hahnemann/Drexel University Hospital is blessed to have physicians as talented and devoted as Dr. Styler and Dr. Heiman-Patterson.
What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly? ~E.H.
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“Back in the day” youd ask me to leave you a note on your nightstand that you could read jn the morning. It became the only way you’d go to sleep for me 🙂 here’s what I’d write tonight:
Francie, I know this decision does not come lightly. I’ll continue to hold you up in prayer. God has such great things for you and has given you a good heart of discernment. Continue to follow it. You are a blessing to those around you and you’re breaking ground in the medical world as a young girl who has both seen a lot and understands a lot! What an asset you will be to those who go after you! Praying tonight for God to move in healing for you supernaturally and through the hands of your trusted doctors ❤ Carly
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Dearest and most courageous friend, Francie,
Know I am with you in prayer, spirit and friendship. I believe little miracles happen all the time- and I pray for your little miracle! Your strength and fortitude are unbounding and I beyond admire the lady you have become. With all you bear and all your suffering- you continue to have faith and that beautiful smile! I am here for you….just call upon me and know God is with you in this most painful journey!
All my love, every day,
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