In April 2016, Paul developed some skin lesions on his arms and legs. After lots of tests, second opinions, and drives to the Mayo Clinic he has been diagnosed with Myelofibrosis and Acute Myelogenous leukemia (AML). These are blood cancers.
Yes, that is not good news. However, without going into all the medical details here… there is good news!!
1. Paul is missing a component in the disease that would make matters much worse (& this is extremely rare),
2. Paul does not have any other major health issues and is fairly young.
3. There actually is a cure for these types of cancers, and
4. God is going to be with us the whole time.
Then there is the bad news that we will have to go through first…
Starting Feb 20, Paul will be undergoing aggressive inpatient chemotherapy at Froedterts Hospital Cancer Center in Milwaukee. He will remain there for 4-6 weeks. This treatment is to bring the leukemic transformation (the skin lesions) into remission. Then, shortly after Paul will undergo a bone marrow/stem cell transplant (also at Froedterts). This will involve finding a donor, more chemotherapy and close monitoring in the hospital for weeks to months after the procedure. Then 6-12 months for full recovery.
So at this time we ask for your support of love and prayer. For Proverbs 17:17 says... a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
We appreciate sooo much the many wonderful people God has placed in our lives, and we look forward to deepening our relationship with him and with you through this journey. May we all realize that we are not in control, but deeply loved by the one who is. And when we are afraid, we will put our trust in him. Psalm 56:3
Meadow and Paulhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XxkNj5hcy5E