Nov 10, 2019 Latest post:
Mar 14, 2021
Welcome to Doug's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. A little background, Doug has had a nagging cough, feelings of extreme fatigue, swollen lymph nodes, random fevers, and unexplained weightloss for several months. He had multiple tests, but the doctors could find nothing.
In June 2019 he had a bone marrow biopsy at Roger Maris Cancer Center in Fargo, ND. They determined he had sarcoidosis (a growth of tiny collections of inflammatory cells in different parts of the body), and an extremely enlarged spleen. They ordered maintenance blood work to monitor his condition. As he was consistently feeling worse, they referred him to Rochester Mayo. On November 5, 2019, at his first Mayo appointment he was told he had stage 4 of the rarest form of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. Complicating things more is that Doug also has a rare blood type, O positive. The doctors at Mayo advised that he would have 5-6 months of chemotherapy, with the first 6-8 weeks being the most intense, beginning November 11th. All chemotherapy will take place at Rochester Mayo.
Though all of this came as an extreme shock, we are praising God that Doug lives in Minnesota, home to the best hospital in the world, Rochester Mayo. We're also thankful that although Roger Maris Cancer Center did not see the cancer, they kept pushing for answers via their referral to Mayo. Rochester assures us that the only reason they were able to find it when Roger Maris couldn't is because of the equipment they have available to them, and the research they have at their fingertips.
Please feel free to leave Doug and Barb messages of encouragement, scripture and songs, and anything you feel would lift their spirits.