August 29, 2013
So do not fear, for I am with you
Do not be dismayed, for I am your God
I will strengthen you and help you
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand
Today has been a very monumental day. It is the day we have aimed for, and hoped for all these many weeks.
|Ready for TIL cells|
Madeleine has been through so much to get here - flights, multiple scans, consultations, major surgery and recovery, more scans - that it was an emotional moment when the nurses brought in the precious bag of her TIL cells.
101 billion TIL cells, that is!
This bag of cells only took about 20 minutes to be infused. But the potential contained in that little bag is amazing. Each of those 101,000,000,000 cells are now working their way through Madeleine's body - hunting down the melanoma cells on a "seek and destroy" mission.
|TIL cells going in!|
She will receive another dose of IL-2 every 8 hours as long as the doctors believe that her body is handling it well. The IL-2 is what the cells are grown in, and having it present in the bloodstream helps the little cells survive and fuels them for their mission.
So tonight, we are so grateful to have the TIL cells on board and doing their work. We know that Madeleine still has a lot ahead of her during the next days of IL-2 treatments, and then the additional days of recovery in the hospital.
Thank you for continuing to stand with us - for your concern and encouragement, and for your prayers.