Jan 27, 2021 Latest post:
43 minutes ago
After feeling tired and weak for two weeks in early January, I was diagnosed last week with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). I have been at Mary Greeley Medical Center (MGMC) here in Ames since the the diagnosis. Thankfully, MGMC and McFarland Clinic have acclaimed oncology professionals as well as outstanding staff at all levels. This is a serious (and scary) disease, but it is treatable - and there are several treatment options. I found out today that I will probably be accepted for a very promising clinical trial. Also today - I moved to one of the oncology suites at MGMC. The suite includes two rooms, two baths, microwave, refrigerator, etc. Since I will be here for THREE TO SIX WEEKS, we feel fortunate to have this nice space. One of the patient care techs brought in her Roku for me to use while I'm here!
MGMC allows only 1 visitor per patient and I'm reserving that spot for my extremely supportive sweetheart! In addition to visitor limitations: no flowers are allowed in the oncology rooms; since I'm rather weary, I prefer not to have phone calls at this time.
All that being said, Jim and I are appreciating your greetings, positive thoughts, prayers, encouragement. Believe me, it helps to feel your support! I will write periodic updates on this Caring Bridge site so you'll know our progress.