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4/25/2016 Latest post:
I have been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Pathology tests showed that I have Chromosome abnormality called inversion 16. For whatever reason one of my Chromosome 16's flipped (inverted) and started producing bad cells (Leukemia). Don't ask me how they figure this stuff out! The good news is that this abnormality is classified in the "most favorable" Risk Group for treatment.
I will be admitted to Froedtert sometime on Monday. I will have a heart ultrasound (to make sure my heart is up to the treatments) and I will have a catheter em placed in my arm, not chest and begin seven days of chemotherapy. After fifteen days, I will have another bone marrow biopsy and then they will proceed from there depending upon results of biopsy. I should expect to be hospitalized for four to six weeks! They want me to be in the hospital to monitor every change in my body since my immune system will be seriously compromised and subject to infection, etc.
Visitors in good health will be allowed, maximum two at a time, no children and depending upon my situation at the time, visitors could be required to wear masks, gowns, gloves and no personal contact with me.
Well, anyway, the merry go round continues...your thoughts and prayers are much appreciated!