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My Story

Chemo for round 28 starts on August 11, 2014

The full story begins almost nine years ago when I was diagnosed with Meylodysplastic Syndrom / Acute Meyloginous Leukemia in November 2005. I received two "rounds" of chemotherapy (one "7+3" and one high dose AraC) and then contracted parvovirus, which made me transfusion dependent for six months. This did, however, put it into remission which lasted about 2 1/2 years. In (2008) I was continuing to do well, and starting in about May, things started going downhill again. Through a series of blood and bone marrow tests it was determined that I had relapsed. Jennae and I went to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester where I received a total of five "rounds" of chemotherapy (two rounds of 7+3 and three rounds of high dose AraC). The leukemia is back in remission, but the Meylodysplastic Syndrome remains, and so we are starting a new chemo drug to attempt to control the MDS. In the background we are still in process of waiting for / preparing for a bone marrow transplant.

 

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Jeff Giles posted a new journal entry, "moving forward".

Romans 6:3-5 Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into ... Read more

Joyce Pedersen Swenson signed Jeff's Guestbook.

Jeff and Jennae. Hoping that you both can continue to keep moving forward! I think it is amazing that the chemo continues to work and gives you renewed hope every 10 ... Read more

Donna and Art Dohrmann signed Jeff's Guestbook.

Dear Jeff, Your thoughts have been walking with me these last few weeks.  As Art contemplates retirement and I continue at LCC, it is tempting to start putting one foot ... Read more

Jeff Giles posted a new journal entry.

We are here until we are not!I am the masked man at the clinic again these days. My white count is dropping which makes me very tired. I tell Jennae how can I sleep for 10 ... Read more

Jeff Giles posted a new journal entry, "Jeff is back writing".

The unexpected in our lives ... it hit hard, when I came out from my chemo fog, that my mother had died very suddenly from a stroke.I walked through this journey in the ... Read more

Jeff Giles posted a new journal entry, "Jennae still writing".

Jennae writing stillRomans 8:25-2625 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience. 26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not ... Read more

Love, Joyce signed Jeff's Guestbook.

Wow, you two are amazing how you continue to face the challenge, head-on!  Hurrah for Snoopy PJ's!  I continue to keep you both in my thoughts and prayers....that this ... Read more

Jeff Giles posted a new journal entry, "snoopy pj's".

“any day you can spend in your pj’s has to be a good day” (quote from our Doc.)We started chemo on Monday, and saw the Doctor on Tuesday as he was on vacation on ... Read more

Jeff Giles posted a new journal entry.

Jesus immediately reached out his hand and caught him, saying to him, of little faith, why did you doubt?" When they got into the boat, the wind ceased. And those in the ... Read more

Jeff Giles posted a new journal entry.

Isaiah 40:30-31 (NRSV) Even youths will faint and be weary, and the young will fall exhausted; but those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount ... Read more

Jeff Giles posted a new journal entry, "Making Adjustments".

Making adjustments ... my apologies for not updating sooner, but we've been working at getting our heads wrapped around the discussion we had with my doctor last week. We ... Read more

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