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My Story

Lee injured his back on July 20, 2012 and has been working with a Chiropractor, Family Dr., and an Occupational Dr.  We had an MRI on July 31 which showed a bulging disc in L5.  We went back for a follow up appointment Aug 3rd and were told to go directly to an ER.  Lee was pale, had numbness in his feet and into his face and left hand.  The ER did a blood tests and more scans.  The blood draw revealed his platlets were at 14,000 and a normal counts are in the 150,000 range.  We have been admitted to the Oncology unit and have begun the treatments for accute Leukemia. 

February 20, 2013 Lee had a successful unrelated 9/10 match at University of Washington.  With less than 10% gvhd we went home with nothing more than new marrow and a small viral skin rash.  By May 31, 2013 we were home and in remission. 

September 19, 2013 we found leukemia had returned.  Lee's blood counts became low for two weeks and were our first sign of bad news.  7 months of peace and now we are back in the fight of our lives, starting at square one. 

_______________________________________________ Lee turned 36 in June 2012.  We have been married 3 years and have known each other 4.  He went to school at Rogers High School and served in the Army.  He served overseas in Kuwait and El Salvador before 9/11.  After serving in the military he came home to his family and started working for the City of Spokane.  He has been with the City for 10 plus years and is a Crew Leader of a Wastewater Construction Team.  He has a lot of pride in his work and of his crew.  This year he tested first on the District Supervisor Test and the Inspector Test--he was beyond elated. 

Lee enjoys raquet ball and the occassional beer and wings with his buddies, fishing, mountain biking, hunting but his main time is with his baby girl Leah.  They do everything together.  Lee is the type of Father who is apart of each task..hair, clothes, bath time, bed time, reading, school, and Leah loves to play with him.  "Chase me Dada" is one of her favorite sayings.  We love to take trips to the park, camp and fish together.  Froyo is also a favorite family night out...(frozen yogurt).   Last year we went to Yellowstone and this year we camped at Porqupine Bay. 

Lee has 3 brothers, Perry, Robbie, and Chad.  They are the closest set of brothers I have ever seen.  They kid and slap and get together on every holiday and birthday.  Lee also has three sisters, Tiffany, Julie & Jenny.  These three ladies are also really close with Lee and he is very soft towards his sisters.  We have attended Church at Lifecenter since we were married and this is where Leah was Dedicated.  Lee is a gentle soul and the type of person whom everyone likes to be around.  He enjoys gardening and taking care of the yard.  His dog is a little 11 pound yorkie named Bella, and they are quite the pair.  

I have to say, Lee has prepared our family well for alot of things-structure, finances, and routines.  We have health insurance, a good home, we don't live outside our means and thanks to Lee have food stocked and minimal bills.  He is a financial savy person and has always guided us to be smart and prepared.  I think he worries about medical bills, but he is getting the care he needs and that is the number one priority.   Lastly I will say, ...Lee is my best friend in the entire world.  He has been an incredible husband from day one.  I love that he prays with me & Leah...bedtime, dinner time, anytime. 

He prepared us all for this journey. 


Rebekah Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Chad's Speech".

The day of Leland's funeral all of his brothers spoke. Each speech spoke volumes of their relationship with Lee. I will be featuring them over the next couple of weeks, as ... Read more

Carol Nell signed Leland's Guestbook.

Hello,just read the speech you posted. Beautiful! Touching! Loving!Your strength is inspiring...praying for continued strength.Randy and I are still here in ... Read more

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Rebekah Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Headstone".

Last week was Leah's Spring Break. My Aunt came into town to help me watch Leah while I worked. Not only did she help with the days, but she also provided much needed ... Read more

Carl Hogman signed Leland's Guestbook.

Yup, that's all it is. One day at a time.  We got Bridge and Zach married and we're freezing in Omaha.  Back to Montana tomorrow.  Hang in there dear daughter Read more

mike carlile signed Leland's Guestbook.

Dear Rebekah,      Such great news to hear the rain has finally let up a little for you and you can start to feel the sunshine again. Your last couple of postings ... Read more

Randy Nell signed Leland's Guestbook.

Hello Sweet Girl It's good to hear from you. You sound like life is becoming a little easier. Happy for You! Keep your faith! We are still in Seattle. Tomorrow is day 100 ... Read more

Rebekah Johnson posted a new journal entry, "Sucking Less".

Last week the sad flow let up.  Finally.  The weather changing, 9 miles of lunch runs, a fabulous trip to the Big Horn show and some realizations helped me.  Lee's ... Read more

Rebekah Johnson added a new photo.

marilu garcia signed Leland's Guestbook.

I wish I could give you an easier way. I was never a crier either and when Dan died. I cried, I kept seeing people who resembled him. I kept waiting for him to pop up ... Read more

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