Blake Hutchins

One year ago our lives changed in so many ways.  

After suffering from  back pain in January 2021, that had been diagnosed at first as muscle strain in one ER visit, then was told that it was a fractured back at another ER visit, Blake was finally admitted  to the hospital for 5 days. In that hospital stay, the first of many, he was officially diagnosed with multiple myeloma on February 12,2021. 

For those that don’t know multiple myeloma is a type of cancer of the blood. Blake has a very aggressive form of multiple myeloma. 

After being diagnosed in the hospital there were many visits to the oncologist and he was started on a treatment regimen, along with a few hospital stays. 

He responded really well to the regimen that he was sent to Seattle Cancer Center Alliance (SCCA) for a consult for doing a stem cell transplant.  It was decided that he would proceed with the stem cell transplant.  In August we drove from Eagle River, Alaska to Seattle, Washington. 

In August during the pre transplant evaluation it was found that the treatment regimen had stopped working and that his cancer was again not under control and therefore not eligible to do the stem cell transplant at that time.  He was admitted again to the hospital, this time at the University of Washington, for an intensive 4 day chemo therapy. 

A month later he was part of a clinical trial that was doing really well in keeping the cancer at bay until it wasn’t. He ended up in the ICU for renal failure the week before Thanksgiving. During this hospital stay he was given another 4 day course of intensive chemo. His kidneys had also taken a major hit this time, he was also doing kidney dialysis for about 3 weeks. 

The intensive chemo seems to do the job and knocking the cancer down. Due to the kidney damage that he suffered in November the SCCA oncologist recommended doing another round of intensive inpatient chemo therapy at the end of December and then doing a stem cell transplant.  So on 12/28 he was admitted to the hospital for the chemotherapy. 

On January 19, 2022 He had his initial visit with the transplant team to start all of the pre transplant evaluation testing.  One of the tests that is done for all transplant patients is weekly Covid testing.  

Blake’s Covid test came back as positive.  He got his results at 8am and by 4pm he had the monoclonal antibody treatment.  He really never had any symptoms besides some diarrhea that they aren’t totally sure wasn’t from the chemotherapy. 

Due to the positive result everything related to the transplant/treatment has been put on hold.  He is still testing positive for Covid and has a doctors appointment on Thursday that will hopefully get us some answers as to what the next step is as he isn’t symptomatic and could very well test positive for the next few months.  

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