My Story

Hello!

My story began in early March of this year, when I was diagnosed with AML, or acute myloid leukemia.

Since then I've had several chemotherapy sessions, and the most recent one at the Cleveland Clinic was successful in putting my leukemia into remission.

My journey continues next week, when I will receive a donor's stem cells.  This will offer the hope of a cure to my leukemia.

The good news is that the donor is almost a perfect match. 

I'm pretty much back to normal as far as how I'm feeling.  My own marrow is making the right amount of white blood cells, hemoglobin, and platelets.

For the transplant they will suppress my marrow just enough to make room for the donor stem cells.  Eventually the donor cells will completely take over, and I won't have any of my own left.

This is a good thing, because the donor's stem cells will recognize and destroy the leukemic cells.

Today, October 13, 2009, I can honestly say that I feel great!

I'm looking forward to continuing the journey to complete health.

Thanks for all your thoughts and prayers, and may God bless all of you!

Steve

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It is with great sadness Stevelost his battle with leukemia June 17th, at 10:08 am. Thanking all for the prayers and support. His family and friends are comforted knowing ... Read more

Patty Albertson signed Steve's Guestbook.

Kris, Mom and I send our deepest sympathies. You both became a great inspiration to us. If you need to talk, pleas feel free to call Mom. We miss you and are praying for ... Read more

Jim Starkey signed Steve's Guestbook.

Kris, I remember Steve from Waterloo High School and I saw him  at the Shelter House at the park in Waterloo with brother Lee., for the Richland Reunion. What I ... Read more

Barry & Joanie Glennan signed Steve's Guestbook.

Kris ~ please know we have been praying for your family for the last year after meeting you in Cleveland.  We will ride in the Pan Ohio ride this year in memory of ... Read more

John Cannon signed Steve's Guestbook.

Dear Kris and daughters,   What of any comfort does one say or do at a time like this? I cannot even express how terrible I feel for all of you. Also for Steve's friends, ... Read more

Karl Frincke signed Steve's Guestbook.

Kris, Sarah, Katey We at Concordia are so sad that Steve lost his battle with leukemia, but like you, we know he won the battle over death because of Jesus ... Steve's ... Read more

Kris Friend posted a new journal entry.

It is with great sadness Stevelost his battle with leukemia June 17th, at 10:08 am. Thanking all for the prayers and support. His family and friends are comforted knowing ... Read more

Bev McEntarfer signed Steve's Guestbook.

Sending you all positive thoughts and prayers.   Steve comes from some very "sturdy & stuborn" stock.   If he is anything like his dad .. and Mom   (and ... Read more

Marcy Reed signed Steve's Guestbook.

Hi Kris - I am praying for Steve and for you and the girls.  He is strong and will get through this!  Thank you for keeping all of us aware of what's going on.  Love, Marcy Read more

Sandy Tritch signed Steve's Guestbook.

We continue to pray daily, Steve, for you and family. Stay strong...we know you can get through this.  God bless! Read more

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