Albert Souza

First post: Dec 13, 2021 Latest post: Feb 5, 2022
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To family and friends…please bear with me….this is the very first time we’ve been in this situation….we’ve been blessed with good health for so long. 
Al has been the picture of health his entire life. Recently he developed a limp everyone noticed, but he completely denied.  We were in Hawaii and encourage as I may  to have him see the doctor in Hawaii, he insisted on waiting until we returned to Tucson. I made an appointment with our Tucson physician a month before we left Hawaii….and life continued along very well. We returned to Tucson on November 23 and after the long flight we noticed Al had much swelling in both feet. We tried to get an earlier appointment with our physician, but we’re unable, so went to urgent care. They were concerned about a possible blood clot, so sent him to the ER for immediate blood work and an ultra sound.  After 6 hours in the ER they ruled out a blood clot,  but discovered discrepancies in his blood work.  He has had a number of doctor visits, a bone marrow biopsy, and the results are we are fighting acute monocytic leukemia. Our family has been invaluable with help and support. Al’s immune system is very compromised, so we are in complete isolation…..both of us need to avoid any infection. We have attempted to reach out to family and friends, but the task is overwhelming. The kids have introduced us to CaringBridge….so this starts the journey with help. It Is our attempt to have communication with those we love……