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The first evidence that mike was sick was abnormally low blood counts on a September 1st blood test. The bone marrow biopsy on September 22nd resulted in a leukemia diagnosis 3 days later. Mike will be admitted to the Boca Regional Hospital on October 2nd for Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
Looking back, Mike is able to trace symptoms of the disease back to the April 1st 7-Mile Bridge Run where he was in a full sweat 20 minutes before the race started, and stopped sweating after mile 4, which is never a good thing for a runner. During the Loggerhead Triathlon on August 5th, Mike had trouble getting oxygen during the bike ride and just about passed out twice after the run. The final straw was trying to run 5 miles over the Linton Bridge on Labor Day, and Mike couldn’t make it up the bridge once without stopping.
He will be receiving the 7+3 protocol for AML, which has a 75-80% complete remission rate for people under 60 after the first round. We don’t know what caused the disease.
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