Samantha Utecht | CaringBridge

Samantha Utecht

First post: Jan 3, 2018 Latest post: May 2, 2018
About a couple months ago I started feeling run down and having some deep bone pain when I slept. But given that I’ve struggled with Graves’ disease and severe vitamin D deficiency I figured it was that coupled with winter and Mom fatigue!   So I put it on the back burner. I guess I thought I’d revisit if anything new appeared or it became unmanageable.  Fast forward to about 5 weeks later while sitting at work and I tasted a metallic, bloody taste in my mouth.   I thought maybe I had a cavity starting or something of the like.  But then I started having more and more bleeding mixed with bruises in abundance.  So I made an appointment with my primary care Dr for a couple days after Christmas.  Two days before I also came down with a bug.  I kept my appointment mostly to get relief from the bug as I was very miserable.  My Dr had grave concern for what she was uncovering in the appointment and sent me directly to Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis.  I never even hit a seat in the ER and began being worked up immediately.   Within 2 hours I heard the words for the first time....Leukemia -  that I almost positively had a form of Leukemia.  My blood levels were so dangerously low, I was neutropenic and tachycardic and was being moved to the ICU where they started the first of many blood transfusions.   About two hours later the pathologist, who came in from home, confirmed that I, in fact, had Leukemia.  It’s hard hearing those words.  It’s even harder typing them in this moment.  The next day I had a central line placed, some heart tests run and my first bone marrow biopsy.  I’ve since started chemo, have had 8 blood transfusions and many many new medications to adjust to.  

I am so incredibly grateful to my parents who are tending to our children and home for the time being, my sisters for spreading the word in an attempt to gain as many prayers warriors as possible, to my children for showing strength and courage beyond their age.   And for my husband.  My husband....has shown such grace and patience beyond what I ever thought was possible.  He has held my hand through it all, dried my tears and has done everything I have asked of him.   I love you, sweetie!

And to the rest of you following my journey and praying, I am humbled by your support.  Thank you!

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