Jim Eckstein | CaringBridge

Jim Eckstein

First post: Jan 17, 2018 Latest post: Jul 16, 2018
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A lot of information to update everyone on since Jim first began this journey approximately three months ago.  After some abnormal blood work results due to feeling ill and very fatigued Jim was referred to further specialists including a hematologist/oncologist as well as a bone marrow specialist  for further testing and work up.  After months of waiting and extensive tests Jim was diagnosed with MDS (myelodysplastic syndrome) a form of blood cancer.  He underwent further tests and  weekly blood transfusions until a further plan was in place for treatment.  They determined he would need a Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) to treat his MDS and prevent it from progression to acute leukemia, which was a potential risk.  Unfortunately the blood work quickly changed during this time and again further tests and bone marrow biopsies revealed that he now had Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).  The treatment for his leukemia would still be a BMT but he would quickly start aggressive chemotherapy with a long term stay in the hospital.  

Things have happened very quickly in the last week since the diagnosis so we wanted to start this page to keep all of his loved ones up to date on his progress and treatments.  The journey ahead will be long and difficult for him but with all of your prayers and well wishes he will know how much he is supported and loved through this whole journey.  

Please post encouraging words, thoughtful prayers, and positive thoughts on this page to show your support.  

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