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6/15/2017 Latest post:
Jonathan was not feeling well in early May 2017. He was tired and congested. He was pushing through it as any college student would, going to school and work, involved in small groups, and an AWANA leader. One day a dark spot appeared on his lower front teeth. He slept most of the day for several days. A few days later another dark spot appeared on his upper front teeth and his mouth was throbbing. First thing Monday morning (May 15) I called the dentist. He took x-rays and said Jonathan's teeth were fine. He suspected an autoimmune disease and told us to see the doctor immediately. We called from the dentist's office and went directly there. The doctor examined him, had blood drawn, and sent us home with a prescription of steroids, the only treatment for this. The next morning Jonathan felt better and went to classes, but didn't feel well enough to work. At 10 AM, I received a phone call from the doctor. He had the initial results of the blood tests and said I needed to pick up Jonathan at school and meet him at his office as soon as possible. He showed us the results and informed us that Jonathan had acute leukemia. He had already called Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) and talked to the doctors there. He told us to go to the emergency room. They would be expecting us.