David Berool

First post: Nov 5, 2018 Latest post: Jan 15, 2019

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In late August, David began to feel a pain in his back. After about 1 month of this pain getting worse, he went to the doctor. The doctor prescribed a muscle relaxer and Physical Therapy, for what the doctor assumed to be a pulled muscle. After attempting the PT and taking the muscle relaxer, the pain continued to get worse, not better. On Monday, October 29th (2018), David's pain became unbearable, and he asked Pam to drive him to the emergency room.



David was admitted that evening (his first time EVER being admitted to a hospital).  After multiple scans (the MRIs were the worst), labs, and test, it was determined that he had some form of cancer, with lesions in his bones and at least 1 fracture in a lumbar vertebrae. A biopsy was taken and we awaited the results while the doctors and nurses worked to get his pain managed with oral medications and fitted with a custom brace for his back.



The brace provided so much relief that David was no longer requiring as much pain medicine, and was preparing to discharge home, when the doctor came in with preliminary results from the biopsy: Plasma Cell Cancer. This cancer is also known as Multiple Myeloma and involves cells in the bone marrow, associated with the immune system.  This particular type of cancer leeches calcium from bones, causing them to become brittle, hence the fracture in his spine and significant weakening of most bones in his axial skeleton (spine, hips, ribs, and skull). 



David was discharged from the hospital on Thursday,  November 1st, to await follow-up appointments in the next week .

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