Melanie learned in September 2010 that her leukemia had relapsed. So she'll be starting up additional chemotherapy to induce remission, and once that has be achieved she will undergo a bone marrow transplant.
The next few months are going to be pretty rough, but the good news is that they caught it pretty early. And since Melanie was in remission for a full year, we've had that time to enjoy life to the fullest - and it's been a pretty awesome year. Highlights included a trip to the Wisconsin Dells, a trip to St. Louis, the Fourth of July pontoon parade up at Pikes' cabin, playing softball, a visit to the Minnesota Zoo, and we even got on Kiss Cam at a Twins game at the brand new Target Field - and got voted first place for best kiss of any couple from the entire season!
Thanks to all of you for your love and support! Please continue to filter all communication through Joe, especially coordinating visits, etc.
-Joe & Melanie Pike
763-350-7899 (Joe's Cell)
RECAP OF ROUND ONE:
In March 2009, Melanie was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Given that Melanie is a young, active, healthy woman her doctors are confident that she has a 90+% chance of making a full recovery. Melanie's road to total cancer remission will be long and difficult, but if anybody is capable of beating leukemia it is my beautiful wife.
She is receiving excellent care at North Memorial Hospital and the Hubert H. Humphrey Cancer Center in the western suburbs of Minneapolis. The outpouring of support from family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors has been truly overwhelming. I speak for both Melanie and myself when I say how much we appreciate all of your thoughts, prayers, well wishes, offers to help, phone calls, visits, and the love we have received from all of you.
Melanie only has one job during this process: to get healthy and win her battle with cancer. My job and my goal is to handle everything else so that can be her only focus. She has asked me to act as her "gatekeeper" of sorts. I apologize if I come across as overbearing or rude at times, but please understand that I don't mean anything by it and that I am trying to act in Melanie's best interest. I am doing my best to keep a level head despite the strong emotion involved. I have to do my job(s) well so she can do her job.
If you would like to visit Melanie or speak to her on the phone, please call or text message me on my cell phone (Joe Pike, 763-350-7899) to arrange for an appropriate time. I will coordinate with her treatment schedule, work around planned visits/calls from others, and her overall capacity for interactions based on what she tells me. I ask that everyone avoid calling her directly for ANY reason other than to offer her words of love and encouragement. All questions, comments, update requests, and scheduling should be directed towards Joe and ONLY Joe.
Since Melanie's immune system is in such a weakened state due to the chemotherapy and the nature of her affliction, the doctors and staff have told us that she cannot come in contact with people or items that could introduce a risk of infection or illness. If you are sick, have recently been sick, or feel like you might be getting sick, unfortunately we have to respectfully ask that you stay home and share your love with Melanie via telephone or this website. This precautionary embargo also includes "fresh" items such as flowers and fruit baskets that can carry in bugs and germs. If you would like to send or bring something small to help brighten Melanie's day, items like balloons, food/meals/treats, cards, photos, etc. are good gift suggestions. By no means should anyone feel obligated, though. Smiles and prayers are more than enough.
For those of you who wish to send a "get well" card or anything else via postal mail, our address is:
8211 Northern Drive
Crystal, MN 55427
Thanks again to all of you for your thoughts and prayers. We are blessed to have such an incredible network of support. Melanie needs our love now more than ever, so let's do everything we can to help her get better as quickly as possible!