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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

January 13, 2015

It's been a busy, informative and productive day. I've been meeting with doctors since 7:45 this morning, and they have discussed my case as a team. I'm still waiting for a nurse to discuss pre and post operative things with me before I head home. So, in a nutshell...




The results of the biopsies on my left breast were negative for cancer, however, the extent of cancer in my right breast prevents any type of meaningful breast conserving surgery. So, my team and I decided to do a bilateral mastectomy on January 26. I won't know until after surgery whether I will need chemotherapy and/or radiation. I feel much better having a date and a plan!
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Comments

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June Newland
By June Newland
I'm in awe of your wonderful outlook and attitude. It's very inspirational. I think of you often and will be praying for success and healing! Much love to you!! HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND!
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Lori Street-Robinson
By Lori Street-Robinson
Michelle-you are so amazing. I know this can not be easy but you are strong!! I will be so proud for this to be behind you! You are in my thoughts and prayers daily. Love you!
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Traci Abell
By Traci Abell
Michelle, you have been on my mind constantly lately. I am in such awe at your courage, strength, and positive attitude. He's worked His miracles on you before and he's doing it again because you are one of His amazing creatures. Love you so much! You've got this and so does our Heavenly Father. Thoughts and prayers.
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Judy Martens
By Judy Martens
You are in my daily prayer time. God is good and you will overcome!
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Karen Brightwell
By Karen Brightwell
Prayers for you!!!!!
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Karen Brightwell
By Karen Brightwell
Keeping you in my prayers!!!!!! Prayers going for your Mom and Dad also!!!!
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Michelle Allen
By Michelle Allen
Praying for you!!!
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A Reymore
By Andria Bullard Reymore
So glad you have a plan and can move on with it, then put this behind you. Love you.
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Donna Baxter
By Donna Baxter
Michele, I feel good about this. I am so glad you are getting fine care with excellent physicians. Have thought of my mother so many times; know she's looking down and wishing you the very best-me, too. Stay strong, girl.
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