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Jun 2, 2017 Latest post:
Apr 23, 2018
Hi I decided to create this site with my mom's permission so people can go out here and read up on what is going on with her. It all started a couple of months ago she just was not feeling herself she was feeling very tired more than usual, she was tripping on her feet more often, and getting migraines more frequently. After talking with everybody and seeing how worried we all where becoming, she decided to go see her primary doctor, he ordered a scan of her head and labs. The results from the scan showed no abnormalities in her brain other than the doctor said she had a thicker skull than most people, however her blood work showed that her white blood cell count was off the charts, but her Platelets and Red Blood Cell counts where normal. She was then referred back to her cancer doctor to see what was going on. He ordered a Bone Marrow Biopsy for her. On May 19th she received the results of the Bone Marrow Biopsy. It confirmed our worst fear, she had cancer again, except it was Leukemia and it was in her marrow, at this point he did say it was Acute Leukemia, but he did not know if it was an Acute Myloid or Acute Lymphoid.
On May 26th, it was then confirmed she had Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia which is also call Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia or Acute Lymphoid Leukemia it's a blood cancer that results when abnormal white blood cells accumulate in the bone marrow. It is rare for adults to get this type of Leukemia, it is an aggressive cancer which is why it has to be treated aggressively. So this is where her journey really begins.
For this round of chemotherapy she had to be admitted into the hospital for 4-6 weeks. Since it was holiday weekend, she decided to enjoy the weekend with family and friends and start her journey inpatient hospital on 05/30/2017 at 10:00 a.m in the morning. First day consisted of surgery to put her port back in for Chemo, then she meet with Dr Tonymon a neurologist to get another port that will be place in her head tomorrow that will go directly into the fluid that surrounds her brain, they will be withdrawing some fluid at that time to test it for cancer cells, either way she will be getting chemotherapy in that port too. This port will be permanent, they don't take them out . The plan right know is to get her in remission then after she get discharged from the hospital she will go down to Froedert Hospital in Milwaukee to have a consultation with the cancer specialist there to be put on the Bone Marrow Transplant list. Her determination is amazing, she kicked Cancers ass before and she will do it again. She is a fighter that is for sure and we all will be by her fighting right along with her every step of the way.
May 31 2017: They were suppose to start her on her chemo regimen this morning however they decided to wait until after her operation for her second port. her surgery is scheduled for 12:30 today, but had a little delay due to her increase in her blood pressure, they got it down and the operation was finally completed and she was resting well, they will keep her in the ICU for tonight and possible tomorrow and then will hopefully be moved back to a room on the 9th floor of St Vincent's. We brought her a tablet so she can still keep in touch with family and friends by way of Facebook, or you can call her on Facebook messenger or on the hospital phone. She is still getting used to the tablet so if it takes her a bit to get back to you that is why. Thanks and will keep you all informed as to whats going on as we know.