John VanCalcar | CaringBridge

John VanCalcar

First post: 9/29/2016 Latest post: 6/17/2017




Here is a summary of what's been going on since John was diagnosed with leukemia late September of 2016.   He spent a month in the hospital enduring a round of chemo that put him in remission.   After further tests on his blood they decided he didn't have Acute Myeloid, but a hybrid of Acute Lymphoblastic leukemia with positive Philadelphia chromosome &  acute biphenotypic leukemia  - very rare.   He was put on a oral chemo drug to help keep his leukemia under control while they started working on getting ready to do a Stem cell transplant.   We spent December, January, and part of February in Panama City Beach coming back to New Orleans for blood work and doctor visits.  At  end of February they had found a non-related donor on international bone marrow database.  His brother & kids turned out to be half matches.  On March 1st he came back to the hospital and on March 8th  he was given the donor stem cells which came from someplace in Europe.  Thank-you for your continued prayers & support.  

As most of you know John has had a ruff year medically speaking, he feels his warranty ran out when he turned 72.   His biggest challenge arrived on Monday, Sept 26, 2016 when he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.    He knows he will not be walking through this by him self, he knows his Lord & Savior will be right there with him every step of the way, & he knows caring friends & family will be there also with prayers & support.    


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