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Jeff’s Story

Chemo for round 30 starts on December 15, 2014

The full story begins 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 using a new chemo drug that came on the market in 2009 in an attempt to control the MDS.

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muskrat love

Jennae Writing!

Muskrat LOVE! ( the back story…last week we had a muskrat go through our yard, yes it freaked me out as he waddled through. Ever since then I am watching and waiting for his return and I have been trying to learn more about this visitor in our yard)

We started chemo on Monday and it seemed to go better than last round. We also per-medicated Jeff so that it had more time to get in his system. That seemed to help as well. Monday and Tuesday I was able to get him up and watching TV,not comprehending, but watching after the clinic, in his chair for awhile,today NOT happening. I began to wonder, if he is hibernating now to get through this chemo, does my muskrat “buddy” hibernate…okay internet what do you say?

Muskrats do NOT hibernate, but ARE less active in the winter months in order to conserve body heat and energy. They spend most of their time sleeping and eating in their safe, warm lodges. So don’t be alarmed if you spot a muskrat out during the winter! He/she is just foraging for food and will soon be back in the lodge warm, safe, and napping away.

Well, can you draw the comparison, Jeff is LESS active, to the point I wonder if he is breathing sometimes, in order to conserve his energy. He spends most of his time sleeping and “trying” to eat. He will usually eat what I put in front of him, but he says he is not hungry at all and his stomach is rolling constantly so we don’t force a lot. So  don’t be alarmed if you spot Jeff out he is just going to the clinic for his shots so that he can get back warm and safe, and napping away!  We are going to have to give him more fluids again this round IV I think as he is not awake enough to drink all he should himself.

Muskrat Love!  Yep for Jeff who is trying to get through the 30th round of this chemo… we will make it through together….I wonder if muskrats snore?




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John Moen
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Jeff and Jennae,

Still following the journey in admiration! Christmas Blessings from all of us to all of you!

John, Leslie, Makayla and Makenna