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May 12, 2017 Latest post:
Mar 20, 2018
As most of you know, Brad has been diagnosed with MDS (MyeloDysplastic Syndrome). Essentially, this is a disorder of the bone marrow that causes abnormal and low counts of white cells, red cells, and platelets. Prior to his diagnosis, he had been short of breath with activity and very tired. Blood work showed very low cell counts and he quickly underwent several tests that determined his bone marrow was not working properly. He has had several blood and platelet transfusions over the past few weeks to keep his counts high enough to function, but his bone marrow is not keeping up, so he is in need of a bone marrow transplant. He is scheduled to have his transplant on May 19th (also his birthday). Scott has been identified as the most suitable donor and is preparing for the donation as well. Brad will have chemotherapy and radiation therapy during the week leading up to his transplant to deplete all of the old, damaged cells from his marrow. He will then receive Scott's stem cells and start the healing process. He will be hospitalized for 2-3 weeks following the transplant, and will then be confined to his house for an additional 75-80 days (for a total of 100 days post-transplant). During this time, he can have NO exposure to germs. He will be limited on visitors and cannot be around anyone younger than 12 years old. It is imperative that he not be exposed to any illnesses, viruses, or bacteria because his immune system will be completely depleted. He cannot have outside food delivered to him for risk of contamination, and he cannot have restaurant food during this time. He will be on a strict regimen of closely monitored food preparation and exposures. We understand everyone wants to help, but it is likely that gift cards to local grocery stores may be the only option. After we get all of the details figured out, we will update on what he will need. Danielle, Jess, and I will keep everyone updated via this website as often as we can. Keep him in your prayers! This will be a long road with lots of struggles along the way.... Thanks, Lezlie