Today I was going about my business as usual when something incredible happened. My friend Lexi Thomas became a survivor! In 2014 she wrote her first post about this journey she was on,
"I’m sick, and I have been for about two years now. I have a really rare blood disorder called Hypereosinophilia, and while it isn’t technically cancer, it affects your white blood cells, similar to the way leukemia does. While doctors now know the name for what I have, there is very little known about this blood disorder, and that has caused some complications along the way."
In 2012, Lexi found out she was sick. For the next 4 years she would battle this sickness and be put through many different treatments, tests, medications, and clinical trials trying to beat her Hypereosinophilia. In August of this year she informed us about a new clinical trial she would be participating in. This one dealt with her T-cells.
"When I met with my team of doctors from Hopkins, Duke, and NIH a month or so, they made no bones about how dangerous this study is, and how high risk it will be for me. However, there is also a very high reward at the end of it if it works. There have been 40 people in this study before me, and they have about a 60% survival rate—a number that is at least higher than 50%—however is still daunting. It’s really hard to not focus on that 40% that haven’t made it through—who’s bodies couldn’t handle the reaction from the T-Cells fighting the cancer cells in their body."
In September she received her regenerated T-cells back and had to wait for a reaction to happen. Once that reaction happened, she would be rushed to the hospital, cared for, and sent home to wait out the rest of it. After one false alarm, that reaction finally happened. 10 hours ago there was an update posted. 6 hours ago this is what I read:
"We just woke up with the most amazing news and wanted to share a brief update with you!
As a reminder, Lexi's clinical trial was expected to culminate in a "reaction" where at some point her T-cells would start multiplying rapidly and she would fall very ill, very quickly.
As many of you know, Lexi had only about a 60% chance of surviving the reaction and we are overjoyed to tell you that she pulled through. She is at her parents' house resting comfortably as we speak.
I expect we will have another update soon but didn't want to wait another minute before letting you know that she cleared the first and biggest hurdle in the trial.
For now, please send your love to her Facebook page. She is extremely weak and very much needs to rest so we would appreciate if everyone refrained from calling and texting for a while. Also please expect that she is not going to be able to have visitors for some time due as her immune system is extremely weak.
There is still a long road ahead and there is the potential that the treatment will come with some side effects which we will know more about in the coming days and weeks. But, for now, we have even more to be thankful for!
A new blog post should be up by this evening which will post to Lexi's Facebook page, or can be accessed directly here: https://lexthomas11.wordpress.com.
Thanks so much again for your support! More to come."
Lexi has had people praying all across this country. Strangers and friends and family alike have supported her through prayers, thoughts, direct encouragement, and finances. What an incredible day of beauty! For 4 years Lexi has battled this sickness. Her body was ravaged. She has had so many ups and downs but we petitioned our Great God - the Great Physician - to heal her. Through relentless prayers, He answered today with a beautiful, loud, and resounding, "YES!!!!". Praise be to God in the highest, my friend is a survivor. She is alive and although she is weak and tired, she is with her family and she is still here.
My God is great! Psalm 65-66. Praise be to God!
*to read more about Lexi's journey go to her blog at https://lexthomas11.wordpress.com