Brian Williams

Post Stem Cell Transplant – Day 5

The mucositis has been picking up. I started getting some tenderness near the back-bottom of my mouth. My tongue and throat has become more tender. I then started feeling some…

Post Stem Cell Transplant – Day 2

Today was a much better day. Although I didn’t get a lot of sleep, I felt much more rested and a lot less cranky. I was able to spend more…

Post Stem Cell Transplant – Day 1

The last couple of days have been “interesting”. I was never quite able to get to sleep before my transplant, and just attributed the insomnia to excitement/anticipation. Well, Day 0…

Stem Cell Transplant – Day 0 (My New Birthday)

Today was the day we’ve been working toward for the last 3 months. The BMT team wasn’t able to provide a time in the morning, so I tried to keep…

Preparing for Stem Cell Transplant – Day 1

I checked in on Tuesday, March 8th for my transplant. My first stop was Intervention Radiology to have a trifusion catheter installed in my chest. This one has three ports…

Henry Ford Hospital – Consolidation Chemotherapy

Today I checked in for my second hospital stay, for consolidation chemotherapy. This is the second step in treating Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) before my stem cell transplant. I am…

Southfield Daddy-Daughter Dance 2016

Ava is on her way to the Southfield Daddy-Daughter Dance. Thanks to my dad Phillip Williams Sr. for being her escort in my absence.

Henry Ford Hospital – Day 29 – Going Home

Today, Cathy, my Nurse Practitioner, came into my room and said what I have been waiting to hear – “How would you feel about going home today?” While my neutrophil…

Henry Ford Hospital – Induction – Day 27

Given the fact that my counts still weren’t going up, the doctors made the decision to start giving me Neupogen injections. This drug is designed to stimulate the growth of…

Henry Ford Hospital – Induction – Day 26

I’ve been off antibiotics for 24 hours now, untethered from the IV pole. I’m enjoying the freedom of being able to walk around and flip around in the bed without…

Henry Ford Hospital – Induction – Day 25

I’ve been having issues with eating and appetite over the past few days. I’ve been on a number of different antibiotics and antifungals since the fever spikes in December. I…

Henry Ford Hospital – Induction – Day 22

Still waiting for my blood counts to go back up. The last few nights I’ve gotten better sleep with less frequent trips to the bathroom, but my appetite hasn’t been…

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