Jun 21, 2018 Latest post:
Jul 15, 2018
On March 23, after routine bloodwork for a medical procedure, I got the phone call that something was wrong in my bloodwork. Very quickly I learned I had a type of leukemia called Acute Myloid Leukemia.
On March 29th, I was admitted to Munson Hospital in Traverse City to begin a huge round of chemotherapy. During my 30 day stay there after my first bone marrow biopsy I learned that I would have to have a stem cell transplant also known as a bone marrow transplant.
Arrangements were made to go to the University of Michigan Hospital in Ann Arbor to begin the process for the transplant. Tests, exams and more tests and the search for a donor began. Back to Traverse City and Round 2 of chemo…then begin the preparations to get Karlee moved in at my brothers and pack up and move all my goods into storage. Praise God a donor was found – who matched my enzymes 10 out of 10 – God bless this English lad!
On June 17th, I said goodbye to my dogs and cat and Karlee and my family and drove downstate for what will be a lengthy stay. On June 21st I will be admitted and begin a fierce round of chemotherapy to prepare my body for the transplant. The plan for the actual transplant date is June 27th…. And thus begins an even longer road of therapy to help the transplant take in my body. My hospital stay will be close to a month if my numbers are good and then I can be released. After that – I must stay within 90 miles of U of M for 100 days for weekly appointments and to make sure if that if I do have any problems they can be attended to immediately as some symptoms can come on quickly and severely.
Welcome to my CaringBridge website. I will try to keep you up to date on the day to day activities here at the University of Michigan. Thank you in advance for all of your prayers. I appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.