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Sep 9, 2017
Dear Family & Friends welcome to our CaringBridge website for Kathy Mukosey. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. Some of you may or may not be aware that Kathy's journey began on May 26, 2017 when she was suddenly diagnosed with AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia) and was immediately admitted to the hospital and has remained ever since. Over the past six months she had been sick on and off with various colds and flu's and was feeling very tired and run down. After several rounds of antibiotics, for treating different infections, she had a blood panel workup where she was told to go to the hospital immediately. We quickly took her to Delnor Hospital where she was officially diagnosed with AML and transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in downtown Chicago. AML is a very aggressive blood disorder and the only treatment for this disease is to undergo Chemotherapy. Treatment for this disease requires patients to be placed in specialized hospitals long term such as Northwestern where they offer services and special care for those with no immune system defense. Upon her arrival she underwent several tests and began Chemotherapy on June 1st for 7 consecutive days. Two weeks later she underwent a bone marrow biopsy to see how her body responded to the treatment and we received devastating news that there was no change in her leukemia cells. Since then we have been waiting for her body to recover enough to undergo a more intensive round of chemotherapy. She has hit some bumps among the way with having severe mouth sores from the treatment, pneumonia and her body holding excessive water causing swelling and discomfort. She continues to be a strong determined fighter in good spirits. She has decorated her hospital room with cards and photos of family to help it feel more like home. She has a very long road ahead but our first step in the process is to get the leukemia in remission and then we will work towards her getting a bone marrow/stem cell transplant. We ask all our family and friends to pray, send positive vibes and keep her in your thoughts throughout this journey. We will update as often as possible as new information becomes available.