In the fall of 2018, Mike started feeling very tired and was noticeably pale. He went to the hospital and through a blood test and later a bone marrow test, was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). There are several kinds of MDS and the kind Mike has means that his bone marrow doesn’t produce enough viable blood cells.
He has undergone 3 rounds of chemo injections at the New Richmond Cancer Center. They are low doses, so his negative reactions to it have been minimal. Mike has a very low immune system, feels exhausted often, and has a reduced appetite. He has also had many blood transfusions as needed throughout the process. Mike starts his last round of chemo shots on Jan. 28th and will then be prepped for a bone marrow transplant at the U of MN in mid- to late- Feb.
The procedure involves an IV of stem cells from a bone marrow donor. He will stay 100 days from the day of the transplant; including 3-4 weeks U of MN hospital and the remaining time at the nearby Hope Lodge. Infections and rejections would create more complications.
It is a stressful time but we have a strong faith that is greatly helping us through this. We appreciate all your thoughts and prayers. Thank you for visiting! Janet & Erin