Jeremy Petteys

First post: Jun 28, 2018 Latest post: Jul 14, 2018
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Hey Everyone! 

As most of y'all already know, just a couple weeks after Jeremy's 46th birthday on June 4th, 2018, he was feeling under the weather with what we were thinking was just a prolonged upper respiratory infection and worsening bronchitis. He had been feeling fatigued for a few weeks but attributed it to his busy work schedule.  He awoke that morning w/ some chest pain and we took him to the local ER for evaluation, there he was diagnosed with what was likely acute leukemia and sent by ambulance to Emory Winship Cancer Center in Atlanta, GA, and he has been there ever since. Two days after admission, they pinpointed the type of leukemia to be Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Possibly related to his previous cancer treatment for Wilms Tumor with metastasis at 10 years old. Two days later on Friday June 8th, he began his first round of induction chemotherapy.

It's been a wild ride of a few weeks. My hope is that people can come here for updates and I will try to at least update weekly.  Jeremy is one heck of a fighter and he has one of those smiles that can brighten anyone's day. We are optimistic that he will kick this cancer in the ass, just like he did as a kid. He is approaching it with the same determination and spirit. 

He has developed some complications due to the high doses of chemo and subsequent immunocompromise (which the docs are staying on top of).. high fever, pneumonia, diarrhea, bone pain, edema, mucositis, and decreased kidney and liver function... despite feeling so bad, he still is down for a joke and the occasional boogie or evening dance with me even if it last just a minute. He really misses home, the kids and dogs, the General Store, and all our beloved friends and customers . 

We (Jeremy, Monique, Dylan & Nyla) are eternally grateful for all of you ( our community, family, friends!!), and for the support through prayers, healing vibrations, positive thoughts, love, favors and donations. It's so humbling to know that so many people care deeply, and have your back in a time of crisis. We appreciate it so much, and ask you keep that good stuff coming our way as long as ya'll can spare the energy, as this is expected to be a long road. If all goes well, we hope to have Jeremy back at home in Long Creek, SC full time for Thanksgiving 2018.. How THANKFUL we will be!!!! We have plans to get back to!!  XOXO  #klcg  ;)

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