Brian Hunter

First post: Jul 11, 2022 Latest post: Jan 5, 2024
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On Wednesday July 6, Brian was blessed by seeing a doctor due to trying to get a discount on his health insurance.  During that initial new patient visit they talked about Brian being short of breath when walking up stairs or physical activity as well as bruising.  The doctor and Brian thought shortness of breath could be due to post COVID side effects and the bruising due to old age (he isn't that old).  The doctor ordered a chest X-Ray and blood work.  At 11:00 pm an on call doctor called and told Brian to get to the ER for an emergency blood transfusion.  Brian being thoughtful didn't want to wake up Julieann and decided it could wait until morning.  July 7th came and he showered, ate and went to the ER.  When Brian arrived the attending doctor wanted to redo the test to verify accuracy.  Possible causes of the extreme test results were said to be inaccurate, GI issues that could be fixed with antacids or worst case he may need to see a hematologist.  The test were redone and came back within an hour with results showing the initial test were correct.  Brian needed a blood transfusion ASAP and was then transferred by ambulance to Research Hospital in Kansas City.  When Brian arrived he met the Oncology Team and more test took place.  Brian was told it could be anything from a vitamin deficiency to Leukemia or Lymphoma.  A bone marrow biopsy was scheduled for the following morning July 8.
Brian was a trooper and had the bone marrow biopsy and the Oncology team prepared us for Leukemia.  Later that afternoon the biopsy confirmed Leukemia.
The Oncology team believes it to be AML but Brian won't know the type of Leukemia until early this week.


The doctors wanted Brian to stay in the hospital until he begins treatment because his platelets, hemoglobin and white blood count is dangerously low but Brian is stubborn and wanted to spend the weekend with his Sweetpea and his puppy.  So Brian persuaded the Oncology team to let him come home under extreme safe guards until he goes back on Monday morning for more testing and information to develop a treatment plan to kick cancer in the ass.


Doctor said most likely treatment plan will include an immediate, aggressive chemo regimen with hospitalization for 4-6 weeks.


We will know more and be able to share early next week.


Right now we are requesting anyone who hasn't signed up to be a bone marrow donor for anyone and would consider doing so please visit: https://bethematch.org/


As far as what we need at this time is PRAYERS.  We feel confident our team of doctors will provide the best course of treatment to get Brian snorkeling again.  We are a little overwhelmed at this moment and  can't reach out to everyone individually so please share this site with anyone you feel appropriate.
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