Amanda Smith Amanda's AML Journey

First post: 1/31/2016 Latest post: 9/12/2017
Amanda went into the Northfield hospital Tuesday evening January 26 with difficulty breathing due to pneumonia. She was quickly airlifted to the ICU at the Mayo Clinic, St. Mary's Hospital Campus in Rochester, MN. They noticed some abnormalities in her blood work and upon further testing we learned that she has Acute Myeloid Leukemia. They put her on full sedation and into an induced coma with a paralytic component for the first day and a half so that her body could rest and use the least amount of oxygen possible.

Thursday morning, January 28, she was moved to the ICU at Methodist Hospital Campus so she could be near the Oncology unit. After getting her to Methodist she was woken up and learned the news - that she has Leukemia. It was huge shock for her (and all of us) and it was hard to see her hear the news. The look on her face is something none of us will soon forget. That day she received her first chemo treatment and seemed to be making improvement. The doctors were encouraged with the progress. She was off the ventilator, was able to communicate and she was looking better than she had the day before. Overnight, however, she had to be put back on the ventilator as she was having a hard time breathing again. 

Friday, January 29 she received her second chemo treatment. She was on the ventilator all day but stable. It was a day of waiting - as they all have been. She will be in the hospital for at least the next 4-6 weeks while they do her chemo. During this time she will be incredible susceptible to illness as they have to basically wipe out her immune system to clean out the bone marrow. 

When she got admitted for pneumonia none of us envisioned leukemia being the outcome. She is young, active and in great health, all things that make it seem impossible for her to be overcome with this disease. But here we are. 

We've created this site to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support, your prayers and your words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. Thank you for being in this with us. It means a lot.

Amanda's "go fund me" account:
http://www.gofundme.com/3tm5bbcc

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