Michelle’s Story

This web page was created for Michelle Merrill and her family and friends. It will be to keep everyone updated on her condition and important messages. Thank you for visiting!

Michelle first became ill on December 6, 2011. She was admitted to Sparks Regional Medical Center on December 9. After one week and no definitive diagnosis, Michelle was transferred to the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The diagnosis was finally discovered there. Michelle has hemophagocytic syndrome, also known as hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) This can be caused by several things. In adults, it is most often caused by either an infection of some sort, or it is idiopathic, meaning that there is no known cause. In Michelle's case, the current thinking is that we have not found a cause, making hers an idiopathic case. Treatment for Michelle will consist of a special type of chemotherapy for eight weeks.

Latest Journal Update

February 27, 2015

Today is Dr. Jenny's birthday, so I am going to give her this:


I DO NOT CARRY THE BREAST CANCER GENES, AND I DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE CHEMOTHERAPY!


I will start my hormone therapy of tamoxifen and an aromatase inhibitor in the next week or two. The chance of the cancer coming back in the next ten years is only 15%! I'll take that!
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Judy Martens
By Judy Martens
Thank you, Lord for answering prayers for Michelle!!
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Karen Gentry
By Karen Gentry
Awesome news Michelle! That is wonderful!
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Jane Ann Short
By Jane Ann Short
Woo HOO!!!!!!! You go, girl!!!
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Marcy Payne
By Marcy Payne
Fantastic - so happy for you!
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Lori Street-Robinson
By Lori Street-Robinson
Congratulations Michelle. That is GREAT!!! Thank God!!
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Peggy Sue Kern
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Yes!!! This is wonderful!!!! Happy Birthday Jenny!!! Love, Peg and Al
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Jayne Hadley
By Jayne Hadley
YES! So happy for you! God is good!
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Judy Gaedeke
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That's the most AWESOME news ever..So happy to hear that..love you Michelle💞💖..
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Melanie Mayner
By Melanie Mayner
That's great news, Michelle! And Happy Birthday, Dr. Jenny!
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