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Friday, August 2, 2002

Hi Everyone,

Make a Wish Day at ColdstoneSorry for not posting sooner. As most of you know Alex relapsed for a fifth time on Friday, July 26th. We spent last weekend coming up with a new plan of attack and came up with the following:

  1. Alex had a double lumen broviac (hickman) inserted on Tuesday (7/30). She also had her first weekly IT chemo treatment.
  2. Alex was given her first dose of Mylotarg outpatient at Children's Seattle on Wednesday (7/31).
  3. Alex will receive her second dose of Mylotarg on August 14th
  4. If she achieves remission, a second Cord Blood Transplant (at Duke) will take place in October or November. It appears that Blue Cross is required to cover transplant expenses because of the Portability Act, which means the six month waiting period is waived. We're still confirming that with Blue Cross, but in the meantime we're moving forward.

The good news is that Alex is still looking and feeling great. Her blast count has remained around 20% which is quite low (it was 70% during her last relapse) which means her immune system is having some success fighting the leukemia. The amazing thing is that her blast count actually went down even before she was given the Mylotarg!

We are currently at home and will stay there unless Alex spikes a fever while she is neutropenic. Alex spent most of today blowing bubbles for our dog Moose and acting like a normal four year old. Other than the bruising it's still hard to believe she has actually relapsed. It all seems like a bad joke and we're not laughing.

Well it's past 1 am, so I better turn in. Thanks again to all of you for 3 1/2 years of love, support and prayers.


Todd, Andrea and Alex

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