Peter Garbus Peter Garbus’ Site

First post: Jul 4, 2021 Latest post: Mar 9, 2022
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place.  We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.

Katy and I will be the main author's here, sharing what we can about this significant life event. I've been diagnosed with leukemia--specifically Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)--and I begin my treatment process on Sunday at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The short version is that my bone marrow is not producing blood cells as it should; the factory needs to be shut down completely and retooled. That means intense inpatient chemo at Brigham and Women's Hospital for the next month or so and then time to see if my bone marrow can regenerate proper blood cells. If not, a stem cell transplant could be ahead. All told, the treatment and recovery may take the next 6-12 months. We met with my doctor on Thursday who declared her objective to cure me--to permanently return my body to healthy blood production. I embrace that hope, while recognizing (in the words of my concise spouse) shit can go wrong (!)

This site will be our main way of communicating with you all over these months. It allows us to provide information efficiently, and receive your messages in one place. I don't expect I'll respond expansively, but know that I'm reading, storing up, and calling on all the energy and strength you send.