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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

White Cells & Blast Cells

Hello my dears, it's Tina here. I wanted to check in and give you an update on my dad, who is fighting leukemia in the hospital at the moment. For the past week, we've been keeping vigil at his bedside, watching helplessly as his body wages a war against a growing army of white blood cells. A week ago, his white cell count was 23,000 -- twice the normal rate. Today it topped 140,000, mixed with "blast" cancer cells. His hands and arms are covered with bruises. He stopped eating days ago, despite my mom's delivery of home-cooked food.

Yesterday, the hematologist gently asked him to open his eyes.
"Mr. Daunt, can you tell me what I look like?"
My father lifted his head, opened his blue eyes and answered: "You're a handsome man."

This horrible disease will inevitably rob him of his life but it has not yet stolen his sense of humor. And because of this I have hope...

Photo above by Dicky Jiang

Important PS: I am so grateful to the Liss, LenoreNeverMore and the other guest bloggers who have kept English Muse going. And thank you for reading. Love you. T.

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Blogger Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Darling, you dad's answer is adorable! Continue to have hope Tina!
We are all here for support!

May 18, 2010 at 10:50 PM  
Blogger J*marie said...

I'll be sending prayers your way!! I know how that is, both of my grandparents battled cancer.
Have faith!

May 18, 2010 at 10:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, we are all here for support! I'm happy to see that your father still continues to have a sense of humor while enduring his hardships.


May 18, 2010 at 10:56 PM  
Blogger GinaTricoteur said...

All my sympathy..It's a terrible time :( Your dad sounds lovely...
Keep strong x

May 18, 2010 at 10:58 PM  
Blogger TERI REES WANG said...

I have absolutely no idea why these transition times need be so slow and painful but, I do know we each arrive at our very own "Grand Graduation Day" soon enough, and that in itself is an accomplishment.

Cheers, to a loving man and a life of many moments well explored.

May 18, 2010 at 11:39 PM  
Blogger Chelsea said...

sending hugs and good thoughts your way.

May 18, 2010 at 11:50 PM  
Blogger Frau said...

Prayers and positive healing thoughts coming your way. I hope your Dad is doing better. ((Hugs))

May 19, 2010 at 12:22 AM  
Blogger Ade said...

All the best to you and your family.

May 19, 2010 at 12:49 AM  
Blogger Artpixie said...

This is really sad :( I really do wish the best for you and your family. P.S you have a beautiful blog.

May 19, 2010 at 1:01 AM  
Blogger Farah said...

All the best for you and your family Tina. HUGS

May 19, 2010 at 1:01 AM  
Blogger nath said...

i'm so sorry to hear that your pa is battling such a horrible illness, but to do it with humour is quite something. go Mister Daunt! ( my aunt is waging her own battle against cancer as i type) i send lots of positive be well thoughts your way.

May 19, 2010 at 1:06 AM  
Blogger 'lexie said...

keep strong, i'm sure you hvae loads of wonderful family and friends to support you through this. as well as all your followers! x

May 19, 2010 at 1:11 AM  
Blogger kelly ann said...

oh, tina. i am sending you and your dad and your family all the love and prayers and positivity and hope that i can... you are not alone. we're all here supporting you and i hope you can feel that. stay strong. <3

May 19, 2010 at 1:35 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

What a wonderful thing to hear him say in the midst of everything else he's dealing with. Thoughts and bloggy support with you

May 19, 2010 at 2:31 AM  
Blogger Brian Miller said...

got tears in my eyes and a smile on my face...

May 19, 2010 at 3:33 AM  
Blogger Kristin Hjellegjerde said...

What a beautiful story in the middle of such sadness. Wishing you and your family luck and love!

May 19, 2010 at 4:46 AM  
Blogger TeamMcDonough said...

♥ Hugs to you and your family...

May 19, 2010 at 7:36 AM  
Blogger Anne Perry said...

All my best to you and your family.

May 19, 2010 at 7:39 AM  
Blogger Elle said...

There are no words... I am just so sorry... hugs!

May 19, 2010 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger 'odd and old' Linda Dacey said...

I have friends whose daughter, who is only 28, is also battling with incurable cancer. I worry for them all having seen my Mum also suffer this horrid illness. In the end we all have to move on and perhaps upwards? Why should some people have to suffer so? Your Dad, like my friends' daughter is amazing. People like them inspire us all... Be strong and safe, Linda

May 19, 2010 at 7:45 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My prayers go out to you and so does my love. I've had family with cancer before so I can empathize greatly. A sense of humor is the best thing to have at this time. I hope for the best for your family and your father.

May 19, 2010 at 8:45 AM  
Blogger Lori said...

Sending lots of positive vibes your way — my best to you and your family. Take care.

May 19, 2010 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Jaime @ La vie...J'aime said...

So sorry to hear about your thoughts are with you and your family.

May 19, 2010 at 8:59 AM  
Blogger Penney said...

What a great way to share such sadness and hurt. We are lucky to you have you and your dad in our lives..He's adorable!
Prayers,love and hugs..Penney

May 19, 2010 at 9:11 AM  
Blogger Sara said...

here is a big hug to you and all your loved ones.

May 19, 2010 at 10:42 AM  
Blogger caroline said...

I'm sorry anyone has to go through this. Your dad does sound lovely. Please take care.

May 19, 2010 at 12:32 PM  
Blogger Anastasia said...

keeping your dad in my prayers.

May 19, 2010 at 1:59 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Tina, I have read Liss' later post and I am so very sorry that your father lost his battle. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Fourteen years ago I watch my mother lose her fight with cancer after going through treatments that seemed almost as horrible as her disease. It would be trite to say that I know what you're going through, but I do have some idea. Be strong, and know that you have the support of your friends and family.

May 19, 2010 at 4:12 PM  
Blogger subversivehippy said...

Tina your post made me cry.
So very tender.

May 19, 2010 at 5:09 PM  
Blogger Mademoiselle Frou-Frou said...

I just read your news on Facebook...I am so sorry for your loss. I really feel for you and wish you the best as you grieve. Your post here was so touching and sweet.
xox alison

May 19, 2010 at 5:34 PM  
Blogger Dana said...

I work in a major cancer center and am privileged everyday to see how calmly or bravely or angrily or stoically people, and those who love them, fight for survival. Your Dad is just a classic example of someone who has retained his essential self during the worst of times. What a gift to you all from him, and I suspect this is simply one of many you've received over the years. Hope and peace to both of you.

May 20, 2010 at 12:19 PM  
Blogger Emma said...

Even though I've just read your recent news about your dad, I had to say I agree with Dana here - I was a nurse for many years and I saw many brave, strong people who took this horrible disease head on during their lowest time and I never failed to feel privileged for being there.

What a touching, lovely post.

Emma, Australia

May 20, 2010 at 2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bless his heart, what a wonderful story. A personal detail about him to share.

Years ago after my husband went through his college graduation ceremony, he came right back to the hospital where my grandad was in his last hours. He sat by the bed and said, "Grandad, I just graduated from college, just got done with the ceremony." And Grandad dryly shot back without missing a beat, "Well now you're gonna have to get a job!" He was gone less than 12 hours later. He was still so much "himself." We miss him so much.

May 20, 2010 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger anna and the ring said...

Ice lollies and bonjella.

May 20, 2010 at 3:59 PM  
Blogger Shell said...

Still being able to make jokes is a good sign. I believe in miracles..I'm pulling for your dad.

May 21, 2010 at 3:07 PM  

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