Thursday, 8/1/19

Good Thursday morning, my friends. I hope you all are doing well and that your week has been good to you, thus far. That said, I just wanted to share a bit of Morgan’s week with you, specifically yesterday’s appointment with her doctor.

After visiting with her oncologist we learned that Morgan’s bone marrow is currently operating at 30%, thanks to a cellular test that was performed on the bone marrow tissue. For those of you that may not be aware, your bone marrow’s job is to produce red blood cells that carry oxygen to the lungs, white blood cells that protect our bodies from infection and platelets that help our blood to clot. This is why Morgan has been needing so many blood/platelet transfusions and has had fevers often over the past month or so.

Given the fact that Morgan went through 3.5 years of harsh chemotherapy from 2009-2012, has been receiving chemotherapy over the past year, and underwent immunotherapy in the Fall, it has become a bit challenging for her body to recover . To put things into perspective, during her current course of treatment, Morgan was supposed to be on oral chemotherapy daily , receive IV chemotherapy once a week for 3 weeks and then have one week off before starting the cycle again. This was supposed to go on for 6 months with the plan of finishing this course of treatment in July. However, she finished her 2nd month in April and has not been able to resume IV chemotherapy due to her bone marrow not recovering.That said, we have learned that it is possible for your bone marrow to not recover resulting in a bone marrow transplant. However, her oncologist is hopeful that it will with time.

All that to say this, Morgan is in peace with all that is going on with her little body right now. In fact, while she sat wrapped up in her pretty pink blanket waiting on her oncologist to come in, I asked her what she was feeling in that moment and her response was “peaceful”. As a mother, that could not have brought me more joy as I sat beside her. My prayer, is that we can all learn from Morgan’s example and choose peace in the midst of the storms of life!

May you all know that you are loved and that the blessings of the Lord surround you! Take care!

Warmest Regards,

Salina Watson

Wednesday, 7/24/19

Hi, guys! Good Wednesday evening. I just wanted to send out a quick message to let you all know that Morgan had a bone marrow biopsy and spinal tap done earlier today. Although she handled the procedures like a champ, she has been pretty tired and has experienced pain off/on at the biopsy site, which is to be expected. That said, we should be receiving the results from the procedures in about a week. Please join our family in praying for answers. For it is the uncertainty of what is going on in her bone marrow that has us unsure of how we are to move forward.

Thank you for your continued love and support! We will plan on meeting you here next week once we have received the results and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/TeamMorganNWatson/, until then! Take care!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Wednesday, 7/17/19

Destin, Florida – June 2019

Well, good Wednesday evening, my friends! It sure has been quite some time since I last connected with you guys on Morgan’s behalf through this blog. I hope you all have been following our daily post on her Facebook in the interim.

If so, you likely know that it has been a busy couple of months for Morgan. She was admitted into the hospital for 10 days, seen in the ER and readmitted for a short time in May. She has also had 2 clinic visits weekly since that time where she has received blood &/or platelet transfusions, IV antibiotics due to fevers and most recently an inhalation treatment to prevent her from developing pneumonia due to her low immune system.

With that said, Morgan was seen in the clinic today. After receiving her inhalation treatment, platelets and blood, we had a discussion with her physician in regards to her blood counts not showing any signs of recovery since her last IV chemotherapy treatment in April. As you may recall, she has not been able to start her 3rd cycle of IV chemotherapy due to this. What we learned is that although her body could just be taking longer than normal to heal from the chemotherapy, there was a red flag in her blood work from yesterday that could indicate otherwise. Yes, all of this could be a result of the leukemia.

So what does this mean? Well, it means that Morgan has been scheduled for a bone marrow biopsy next week. Our hope is that it will give us a clear picture of what is going on inside of that little body of hers so that we can come up with a plan moving forward. For it is the unknown that makes things difficult.

On that note, please pray that whatever is taking place in Morgan’s body will be revealed to us and that the Lords will be done through it all. For we know and believe by faith that our purpose is greater than the human eye can see and that he has a plan in place for it all!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

A year later… 6/27/19

A year ago today, around this time I was sitting in our living room watching the show Big Brother. I had been having a constant headache for days that nearly became unbearable. I was really jaundice (yellow skin), light headed and had suddenly spiked a fever. I generally don’t run fevers, so I knew something wasn’t right. With an appointment with my primary care doctor scheduled for the next day, I was planning on waiting until then to be examined, but when my temperature began to rise, I told my mom I couldn’t wait. I had to go the ER.

In the days leading up to that night, I never once thought cancer was even a possibility until I was saying my goodbyes to my mom and siblings before heading to the hospital. I began to get scared and anxious. When dad & I arrived at the ER we checked in and went to the room. Tons of questions were asked about what had been going on and labs were drawn. The time between getting labs drawn and getting the results seemed to go by so fast. My hemoglobin was 5.5, and the rest of my labs were all out of wak. IT WAS BACK! THE CANCER WAS BACK! I remember not crying that night because I knew I was going to be okay. God just wasn’t finished with me yet. 🧡 A year later and He still isn’t! This past year has been way different than my last fight. I have learned that I have a voice in my medical decisions and am NOT afraid to tell my medical team what I want. I’m living life on my terms despite this dreaded disease and NO one is going to get in the way of that! 😊

-Mo🧡

Picture: Our family friend, Ms Evy the morning after. You can really see how jaundice I was.

Thursday, 4/25/19

Hey, Team Morgan!!

This past week has been a great one for me. 😊

Yesterday I went to clinic, received my 3rd week of chemo for month 2. Even though my platelets still continue to be low, my oncologist gave me the okay to restart my oral chemo after a month of holding it. Yay! I also found out that my hemoglobin was 8.5 (they typically infuse at or below 8) ,but since I’m slowly starting to get headaches I decided to go ahead and get transfused a week early, so I won’t be miserable over the weekend. I was supposed to get transfused today, but it was postponed until tomorrow.

That’s it for this week. I hope y’all have a great rest of your week. I look forward to talking to y’all next week!

-Mo🧡

Wednesday, 4/17/19

Good Wednesday evening, everyone! It’s Morgan! And this is my first official post on my blog !! 🎉I just wanted to give y’all a short update from the past week. I’ll be quite honest with you guys, it’s been ROUGH! Since last Thursday I had a constant headache (no medicine would work) and was in bed the majority of the time due to it & being extremely fatigued. As you guys know… I was FINALLY able to restart IV chemo last week. I was pretty happy about it being that I was more than a month behind schedule.

On top of being exhausted from chemo last week, I found out yesterday that my Hemoglobin was 6.2😳 which was the main cause of my headaches. That said, today while in clinic, i received my 2nd dose of IV chemo for my 2nd cycle along with a blood transfusion. Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll be back to myself. Let’s pray for that! 😊Well, I think that’s it for today. I hope everyone has a great rest of your week and an even better weekend.

-Mo🧡

Wednesday, 3/6/19

Hello, all! I hope this Wednesday evening finds you guys doing well. The Watson’s are snuggled up in the house where it is nice & warm. In fact, Morgan is bundled up getting ready to call it a day. Although it wasn’t near as long as we were expecting it to be, she is worn out.

Actually, she has been this way for the past several days. Since Saturday afternoon , Morgan has been nauseated, fatigued & with a headache off/on. Although these symptoms were a bit better today. her gums were bleeding periodically throughout the day. While at her clinic visit, we learned the reason why.

Once her labs were drawn, we were notified that Morgan had a low platelet count. Thankfully, she was able to receive a unit of platelets while we were there, which should resolve the issue. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that it does.

With that, we also received the results of her bone marrow biopsy. Although the Philadelphia (+) chromosome was still present, her oncologist notified us that the there was improvement noted in the pathology since her last biopsy. This was good news for the 2 of us. After all, progress is progress, right?

Unfortunately, due to her low platelet count, she was unable to start her 2nd month of IV chemo , this round. Per her oncologist, her platelet count needs to be at least 50,000 before restarting IV chemotherapy. Her’s was 10,000 today. To put things into perspective, a normal platelet count is 150,000-400,000 or so. Needless to say, chemo was delayed another week. We’re praying that she’s able to get back on track next week. We shall see.

Well guys, I think that about does it for today. Thank you for being here, and thank you for continuing to support Morgan & our family on this journey. We appreciate it more than you know.

Until our next blog post, we’ll plan on seeing you guys on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/Team-Morgan-1965696367072741/. Get a good nights rest, and have an awesome Thursday! Take care!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson

Monday, 1/28/19

Good Monday evening, everyone. I hope you all had a good weekend, and that your week is off to a great start. Morgan has had a reasonable past couple of days; although, she chose to stay indoors all day Saturday due to being fatigued. She did enjoy a little time out of the house yesterday morning with her father & I while watching THE UPSIDE at a nearby movie theater. Since her immune system is generally low, we always try to go to the first showing of the day, if we go. This has worked out best for us in many ways, especially since there are very few people in attendance.

That said, Morgan did experience some dizziness off and on while we were at the theater and for some time afterwards. There were actually a number of times when she had to hang on to either John or myself to keep from falling. I honestly don’t know what the cause of it was, but it seemed to resolve as the day progressed. We will discuss this with her physician at her upcoming appointment or sooner, if it occurs again. Let’s pray that it doesn’t.

With that said, we will plan on updating you guys here again on Wednesday. Please be sure to follow Morgan on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Team-Morgan-1965696367072741/ , until then. May you guys get a goodnights rest, and have an awesome Tuesday! Sweet dreams!

Warmest regard,

Salina Watson

Wednesday, 1/23/19

Yesterday, Morgan and I spent the majority of the day at the hospital where she received 2 units of blood. Since her relapse in June, she has needed transfusions every 1-2 weeks. In the beginning, it was actually a couple of times per week. Thankfully, she did well during the procedure, and even managed to sneak in a nap, which is rare for her.

We did speak to 3 of her providers throughout the day, and we all agreed that she would start IV chemotherapy in addition to the new oral chemo that she started last week. Although it would have been ideal for her to start that on yesterday, we are still waiting on approval from our insurance company before getting started. Hopefully, that will be resolved next week so that we can move forward. While in conversation, we planned for John, Morgan & I to consult with another oncologist in the near future to get information on a bone marrow transplant. Although, we are not considering a transplant currently due to her previous side effects with treatment, we are just gathering information at this time.

Also, due to Morgan’s history of pulmonary hypertension with one of the chemotherapy’s that she received during her initial diagnosis, an EKG was performed yesterday before we left the hospital. We are waiting on results of it. In addition to that, an echocardiogram is  being scheduled for next week. Let’s pray that these 2 test come back normal as she had a short episode of chest pain after starting oral chemo last week.

Well guys, I think that about sums it up. Thank you all for keeping up with Morgan’s journey, and continuing to show her & our family such love & support. If you are not already following her on Facebook and would like to do so, please click on the link to her Team Morgan page ( https://www.facebook.com/Team-Morgan-1965696367072741/ ) and be sure to follow this blog by hitting the follow button at the bottom of the screen. Thank you!

Warmest regards,

Salina Watson