May 24, 2018 Latest post:
Jun 19, 2018
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement.
Derek was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy in October of 2014. There have been many ups and downs on his journey but we are so fortunate that we have been connected with the University of Madison transplant team and we are working closely with them to give Derek a life that he can live to the fullest.
To make a long story a bit shorter, I will recap the last couple months. Derek was hospitalized with an exacerbation of heart failure in February where his kidneys and liver also started to fail. He was transferred to UW Madison and they were able to get all of his organs functioning properly again (except for his heart of course.)
Fast forward to the end of March. We decided to switch all of his care over to Marshfield Clinic from Aspirus and Riverview. It has been trememdous!! We cannot thank the doctors and nurses and assistants enough!! He was just hospitalized last week in order to try a new IV medication.
We are now working with the University Hospital and transplant team in Madison, WI to start the journey towards a better life! We will post updated here and ask for all of your continued positive thoughts and prayers as we embark on this life changing journey.