May 14, 2022 Latest post:
Jan 23, 2023
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using this site to keep family and friends updated in one place. Please know how much we appreciate your love, support and most of all, your prayers!
Earlier this year Becky started having some problems that she thought were sinus related. She was having what she thought was sinus pressure and ear infection related problems. The problems with her ears got worse. She went to urgent care and to her primary care doctor and they didn't find any fluid or infection in her ears. She was then referred to an ENT who also found no issues. They thought it might be TMJ so she then saw her dentist - and there was no TMJ. Sometime during the week of April 24th she started experiencing sight issues and extreme double vision. We reacted immediately and she returned to her PCP on April 26th and was scheduled for an MRI on the 30th. Things moved very fast from there! On Wednesday, May 4rd, she received a preliminary diagnosis of Lymphoma and she was referred immediately to an Oncologist. She met with the oncologist on Thursday, May 5th and had a CT Scan on that day and a bone marrow biopsy on the next day.
As most of you know, Becky has a large family and some very close friends and we all still live within 2 miles of each other. We have been rotating and staying with her day and night to help her because of the vision issues. We we able to have a fairly relaxing weekend and got to celebrate Mother's Day with her at her house will everyone around including all 6 of her grandkids. We impatiently waited on the CT and biopsy results at the beginning of this week. On Wednesday we heard from her oncologist and received a different diagnosis. Her official diagnosis is Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and her care is now being provided by the Blood Marrow Transplant Group at Northside hospital.
She was admitted to the hospital on May 12th to the BMT Unit and will likely be there for the next 3-4 weeks. The last 24 hours have been filled with test, test and more test. She had a lumbar tap yesterday and will have another CT Scan and bone marrow biopsy today. Her blood counts are very low so she has received blood transfusions, steroids, antibiotics, and an initial Chemo treatment.
All of the patients in the BMT unit are extremely immune compromised so visitation is limited to one person. Literally one person total (not one person per day) . Currently, Shannon is going to be with her every day while test results, more in depth diagnosis and treatment plans come in. We are hoping to get approval for at least one other person to be able to help Shannon out.
The diagnosis is daunting and treatment is going to be a lot but we are all very positive and we know she is in the right hands medically. Right now she is comfortable and feels better after she received meds and the transfusion.
We will be posting updates on how Becky is doing, in the meantime please know how much love we feel from everyone we know. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.