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My Story

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On Monday October 19, 2009 our 12 year old Nick was diagnosed with Leukemia. Specifically, Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia T-cell or ALL T-cell.

 

About 4 weeks ago Nick developed a sore throat and swollen glands. Nick went to the local immediate care center and was prescribed an antibiotic. After 2 weeks with no improvement and his glands continuing to swell we brought him to his pediatrician for further follow up,  He was tested for mono and strep throat and a enlarged spleen noticed (which caused Nick to have to stop playing hockey).  The tests were negative. Upon another visit his liver was enlarged so his pediatrician decided to send him to a specialist for further evaluation. The specialist was a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology physician who happened to take care of Nick when he was born (Nick has a blood problem at birth that kept him in Neonatal Intensive Care for 3 weeks). Nick visited that specialist on Thursday October 15th, 2009 and a chest xray along blood work was ordered. That was done in his office and literally just a few minutes later he had identified a lymphoma on his chest. He explained this to Maria and scheduled a biopsy, bone marrow aspiration and a central line IV port placement for the next day (Friday). Later that evening, we received a call from the specialist that he just received the blood work results and there was a buildup of uric acid in his blood from the lymphoma that needed to be addressed immediately. Nick was admitted to the hospital that night and IV's were started. On Friday October 16th Nick had the biopsy, bone marrow aspiration and his port placed. He stayed in the hospital through Saturday late afternoon receiving IV fluids to improve his blood chemistry. He was discharged with a preliminary diagnosis of Hodgkins Lymphoma. Monday October 19th the lab work results came back and cancer was found in his bone marrow and lymph nodes resulting in a primary diagnosis of Leukemia. Nick was admitted that afternoon to start treatment.

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Andrew Miller posted a new journal entry, "Finished".

Hello Everyone, Nick recently visited the oncologist and all was good. He officially ended his chemotherapy and just needs to continue on oral antibiotics for 3 more ... Read more

Nancy Ashby signed Nick's Guestbook.

Nick and family,  Just wanted to tell you that we love you and continue to keep you in our prayers and are so thankful to our Lord that you have finished  with the worst ... Read more

Mary Jo Mutchler signed Nick's Guestbook.

Most excellent news - thank you for sharing your journey with all of us. Your grace has been truly inspiring. We'll continue to pray for you, though I can let Mark know ... Read more

kathy tomasino signed Nick's Guestbook.

I am so happy to read this Andy & Maria!  Good job Nick! We kept you in our thoughts & prayers and will continue to think about you often.... ((Hugs)) The ... Read more

Ann Clarton signed Nick's Guestbook.

Excellent is the word that comes to mind. This is the day we have been waiting for since the beginning. Congratulations! Embrace each day and everyone in it. God bless you ... Read more

patti niemaszek signed Nick's Guestbook.

That is absolutely the BEST news! Thank you for allowing us into your lives. Love and prayers always! The Niemaszek Family Read more

Andrew Miller posted a new journal entry, "Finished".

Hello Everyone, Nick recently visited the oncologist and all was good. He officially ended his chemotherapy and just needs to continue on oral antibiotics for 3 more ... Read more

Nancy Ashby signed Nick's Guestbook.

dear Nick,  So glad to read of your last treatment,and continued improvement.  You continue to be in our daily prayers.  May God bless you with complete healing and ... Read more

Lisa Wenzelman signed Nick's Guestbook.

Miller Family, What wonderful news!! We are so happy for all of you! What a wonderful way to start the new year! May this momentum continue and may God bless you as you ... Read more

Kathy Kalata signed Nick's Guestbook.

What great news! We are so happy for you and are glad things are going so well. You are always in our thoughts and prayers Nick. Happy New Year to you and your family. ... Read more

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