Patrick Anastasio

First post: Dec 2, 2016 Latest post: Feb 16, 2018
I guess since my diagnosis is official I can put this out there on the interweb now. I'm 38 years old with some of the most amazing friends and family in the universe, obviously. I have two kids (boys, 16 & 4). I have a life and career that takes me back and forth regularly to two of the most badass cities on the planet, Houston & Austin, TX. I have  just been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia of the B-cell and Philadelphia positive subtype. Google it, I'll wait..... 

It's cancer... It's in my blood and bone marrow. I'd been feeling fatigued for as long as I can remember, but I just attributed that to work and fatherhood... you know... life. Night sweats started setting in... so I turned the AC down at night right? Didn't help. I began rapidly losing weight, which I attributed to a hardcore diet I was doing (Ketogenic). I was pretty excited to see the pounds falling off being attributable to my own will power, but no... I started getting dizzy spells in the mornings. Then it all culminated on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. I was hanging out at a friends and I had a sudden attack of pain under my left rib cage that moved up into my shoulder. Could barely move. It lasted about 30 mins and went away. Then it hit again at 4:00 AM the next morning and stayed with me after that. I got on the internet and started diagnosing myself. I knew it was my spleen. Everything I read said that enlarged spleens may go down on their own, so I figured I'd wait and see. I mulled through Thanksgiving dinner in pain, barely ate. The next morning I decided it was time to go to the emergency room. They found my white blood cell count was at a "critical" level and admitted me right away. After a barrage of testing finding no signs of infection or other symptoms the doc said I needed to get over to MD Anderson Cancer Center right away... and here we are. (12/02/2016)

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