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9/18/2016 Latest post:
Dear Friends and Family:
As most of you know, I was diagnosed with AML (Acute Myloid Leukemia) in November 2014. With the support of my Partner Jenifer, I spent the next month in the hospital, followed by four months of periodic hospital and home stays to recoup from Chemo sessions. In April of 2015, things began to return to normal. I returned to work at Tesco, while Jenifer decided to retire.
Unfortunately, in the Fall of 2015, my blood tests started coming back somewhat abnormal. I now have a condition called MDS, which is a relatively slow moving form of leukemia that sooner or later usually turns into AML. In April of this year, right before Jenifer and I were scheduled to leave on a trip to Paris, my oncologist informed me that he recommended I undergo a stem cell transplant (often called a bone marrow transplant) upon return from our trip. Jenifer and I went to Paris for three weeks and returned expecting to transition quickly to treatment mode.
After our return, I consulted with a second oncologist with City of Hope Cancer Center in Duarte, CA (near Pasadena) and have decided to have the transplant done there. With various delays, here we are in September.
If all goes as planned, I'll check into the hospital the first week of October. To see how things are going, you can follow posting by Jenifer and myself at this site.