Roy Kallemeyn | CaringBridge

Roy Kallemeyn

First post: Sep 12, 2018
Roy was diagnosed with CLL (Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia) in 2008.  CLL lives inside the blood and when it ramps up it likes to overtake the bone marrow and "good" blood. In doing this, it plays havoc with blood levels and can leave you sick for long periods of time (everlasting colds). CLL is the culprit for Roy also fracturing his L3 vertebrae having chronic back pain. 

Roy has been through many forms of chemo over the last 9 years to attack and knock-down the CLL levels. After the treatments, the disease is suppressed. Unfortunately CLL gets smart after a while and figures out a way to keep coming back (hence the chronic part of CLL).  Normally we can’t go back to a treatment we’ve tried before because it won’t be that effective since CLL found its way around it before. The only way to get rid of the CLL is to have a bone marrow transplant.

We have reached the point of Roy needing a bone marrow transplant. He's been in and out of the hospital trying intensive chemotherapy treatments since June 1st. The chemo wiped out his good blood cells as well and this has caused him continuous platelet and blood transfusions over the summer. His good blood counts are all very low as well now, which had depleted his immune system. 

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