Dale Pepelnjak

First post: Aug 10, 2022 Latest post: Mar 15, 2024
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Mid July 2022, routine blood work showed some moderate changes to Dale's current diagnosis of MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome) that indicated a cross over to Leukemia.  Since then, Dale has been doctoring through the Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, ND with Dr. Gross for CMML (Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia).  He started his first round of oral chemo therapy early August 2022.  

Dale is currently waiting on a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) consultation -also known as a Stem Cell Transplant- at the UofM in Minneapolis.  This consultation will indicate whether or not Dale is a candidate for a transplant, which would be the only treatment that could result in a cure.  Without a BMT, Dale's chemotherapy would be supportive (meaning it would try to get his bone marrow under control but would not cure the disease).

At a late August 2022 appointment with Dr. Gross, the idea of inpatient chemo therapy was brought to the table.  This would be a significant escalation in the aggressive nature of his regimen.   We pray for strength for Dale (& Sue!)  and for capability of the the medical teams.