We met with the Transplant team at LDS hosptial today and learned about all types of treatments and what the most effective treatment for  Stephen’s situation would be.

Here is the plan:

One more treatment of Brentuximab Vedotin(given as soon as possible) while we wait for his body to heal a little more from the surgery.  Next, a Stem Cell Transplant using BEAM chemotherapy(3rd week of April or so).  Recover for 2 months.  Another Stem Cell Transplant using Radiation therapy(4th week of June or so).  Recover.  And the final step…be cured from Hodgkin Lymphoma forever. That is the plan.

There are a lot of details that go along with the plan, like more bone marrow testing, replacing his current port with a fancy one, shots, collecting enough stem cells for both transplants etc.  However, I am under strict instructions from Stephen to keep my explanations simple.  (how did I do?)

I’ll probably post more often for a while now to help create a record of his treatment.  I think he will be glad to have it one day and it is somewhat theraputic for me to put it into words.

Thanks for all your Support!



About Jane Griener

I am from SLC, UT. I grew up in a wonderful family in the south part of the Salt Lake valley. I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers. I married my best friend, Jeff Griener when we were 21 years old. We have 6 children. 4 boys and 2 girls. I've had many adventures in business and life. Too many to tell about in a simple 'about you' spot. My life is centered around my family and they are the most important factor in my life. I like gardening, photography, cooking, knitting, graphic design and lots of other things. I speak a little spanish. Fall is my favorite season of the year, but I think having all 4 seasons is what makes me love fall so much. Religion plays a big roll in my life. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Striving to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and become a better person each day is my goal. Well, that is a bit 'about me!'
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3 Responses to The PLAN…

  1. skgriener says:

    Your explanation was lovely mom…

  2. Uncle John says:

    Thanks for the update. Stephen looks great (fabulous) in the photos. We hope he feels as well too. Love from Bothwell.

    btw, my scar is still bigger (ha!)

  3. Jane Griener says:

    John…you win the biggest scar contest hands down! We definitely don’t want to beat you in that category! Thanks for checking on us.

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