Feb 14, 2020 Latest post:
Jul 17, 2020
Welcome to Brandon’s Battle page. We are using this to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.
On Monday morning February 10, 2020 Brandon went to his family physician with pretty bad headaches, a sore throat and dry mouth, fevers and bleeding gums. The headaches had been onset for a few weeks but he just assumed they were stress-related or something of that nature. Dr. Bechtold did an awesome job diagnosing the symptoms for what they likely were and getting him sent up to the hospital right away. After the second blood draw of the day on Monday, his white blood cell counts had gone up to 124,000 (5,000 is normal). As of Wednesday February 12th they had gotten up to about 160,000. The findings all eventually led to a diagnosis of Acute Myeloid Leukemia or AML for short. There are differing variations of AML, and we are still waiting on biopsy findings from Mayo to nail down what exactly we're dealing with for a long term treatment plan.
Due to the aggressiveness of Leukemia immediate treatment was needed. Chemo treatment began within 48 hours of admittance to the hospital on Wednesday February 12, 2020 . As of right now the short term treatment path is for 7 consecutive days of continuous chemo treatment, retest and repeat. He is also receiving platelets and blood transfusions to combat other side effects of AML. Although we are still awaiting additional information from Mayo we were told to expect Brandon to be in the hospital for the first 30-60 days. Future treatment plans could include additional chemotherapy, other drug therapy and potentially a stem cell transplant.
We want to thank everyone for their love and support during this trying time. We will try and keep you all informed.