Jason McGibbon

First post: May 30, 2022 Latest post: Jul 27, 2023
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Jason began experiencing some gastro-intestinal issues in March of 2022 and had a few visits with his doctor who suspected IBS. At a visit in late April, the doctor did some blood work, and we found out Jason was anemic. He'd been having trouble getting up to our fourth floor walkup apartment and had been fatigued and weaker than usual, so the anemia made sense. On May 3rd (Alicia's birthday), his symptoms became much worse, and his doctor recommended we go to the ER. After a CT scan, they noticed a large mass in his colon and suspected cancer. He was admitted to the hospital overnight and immediately prepped for a colonoscopy where they took several biopsies. He was also given iron, and his anemia improved, so they sent him home on Friday afternoon while we waited for the results.

On Sunday, Jason's mom Song joined us in New York and cooked Jason some of his favorite meals. By Tuesday, Jason's breathing was very labored, so he went back to the ER, where he ended up spending more than 30 hours waiting for a bed in the oncology unit to open up. While in the ER, we received confirmation of the lymphoma diagnosis, but we were still waiting on the subtype. They were able to start chemotherapy right away, and eventually the results came back that it was Burkitt's lymphoma, which is a rare but very treatable form of cancer (for more info, see https://www.lls.org/). Jason is responding well to chemo so far, and the tumor is already shrinking. They expect him to undergo at least six rounds of chemotherapy  (about 21 days each) and to remain in the hospital through the first two cycles. 

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