In March of 2018, Ed was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma - a rare blood cancer that affects the plasma (white blood) cells. He began the first phase of his therapy in April, which has been a combination of chemotherapy shots and pills. Thankfully, he has done well with this treatment and hasn't experienced severe side effects. He is now moving toward stage 2 of his treatment plan which is to receive an autologous stem cell transplant. The prep work for this procedure (another bone marrow biopsy, stimulation and collection of his stem cells, etc.) will begin near the end of July, with the hope of the transplant being completed in late August.
As of right now, Ed is doing really well and his spirits are high. Although multiple myeloma is not a curable cancer, his prognosis is good and we are optimistic that the stem cell transplant will be a success. Although the next few months are going to be a difficult time for Ed and our family, we know how fortunate we are to have the tremendous support of our family and friends. We have much to be thankful for!
Ed & Liz
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