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Prayers for William Corsi
9/9/2016 Latest post:
I am creating this website due to the overwhelming messages I am receiving in regards to my Father. I am so happy that so many people care for him and all of us. I am having a hard time keeping up with the messages, so please let this website serve as an update daily or weekly on my dad and his condition. As many of you know, my father has been battling a cancer called Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS), which in a nutshell is the precursor to Leukemia. He has been going to Roswell twice weekly since February of this year due to getting chemo and getting blood transfusions as needed. His Dr. at Roswell has been doing chemotherapy every 4 to 5 weeks in cycles and she has been doing a Bone Marrow once a month. Since February, he has been 'transfusion dependent' as his Dr. told us which was concerning. He was needing too much blood and platelets twice weekly. When his Dr. does a bone marrow , she is looking to see what his "Blast Cells" count is. Any Blast Cell count over 20 is Leukemia. Three weeks ago his Blast Cells were 6, which is great for his condition and meant he has not developed Leukemia. A healthy bone marrow has Blast Cells that are 0. My dad should have been started on another cycle of chemo two weeks ago, but his Dr. has been putting it off due to his hemoglobin and platelet counts being low. Last Wednesday, his Dr. decided to do another bone marrow. She usually has results for my dad a week after, but this time, called him the next day and had him come in. In a three week period, his Blast Cell count went from 6 to 60 and he now has Secondary Leukemia which is very aggressive and can be fatal. This past Tuesday, he was admitted to Roswell and will be there for five weeks undergoing the strongest chemotherapy they can give him for his Leukemia. The Dr. met with us Wednesday, and explained that the goal of this chemotherapy is to bring his Blast Cell counts to 0 (they MUST be 0) by the 14th day of this chemo which is Tuesday, September 20. If this chemo can accomplish this, then we can go on and do the Bone Marrow Transplant which I am his match and will be his donor. The scary thing is with this aggressive form of Leukemia, his only chance of remission is a bone marrow transplant. We are all asking for all the prayers he can get because going from 60 to 0 is a lot to happen in a 14 day period of time. Since this chemo is the strongest they can do, he will lose his hair, vomit, have diarrhea, sores in his mouth, and body pain. It is a very hard thing for him to endure and we KNOW he can get through this because he is resilient and strong. My dad will conquer this and remain with all of us, he is not ready to leave us just yet