Terry Flanagan

First post: Jul 21, 2019 Latest post: Oct 25, 2019
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Brief history of Terry's journey so far....
Almost 1 year ago Terry began having some health issues that included abnormal blood work, specifically anemia, without being iron deficient. He also experienced pain in his ribs, back, and shoulders. Fatigue and difficulty breathing after exercise was another indicator of some potential health concern. Terry’s primary physician recommended an appointment with a hematologist, scheduled for January. Due to increased pain and fatigue a CT scan was ordered sooner, showing probable diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma. A bone marrow biopsy confirmed the diagnosis at the end of January. After 4 months of a regimen of out patient chemo injections, bone strengthening injections and oral medications, (and prayers!) we received the great news that Terry was in remission.

Terry’s remission and overall good health allowed us to progress to where we are today ... The Seidman Cancer Center, a part of University Hospitals, scheduled for a stem cell transplant on July 26th. Stem Cells were harvested last week from Terry's own blood stream , and frozen. Terry will get a strong dose of Chemo July 25th, causing his immune system to be wiped clean along with any remaining cancer cells. His harvested stem cells will be reintroduced into his body on July 26th. He will have to stay in the hospital for 2-3 weeks while his new stem cells start to rebuild his immune system.

We are sharing our story to help educate on this disease, ask for prayers, and of course keep all Terry's family and friends updated on his progress. Thanks in advance for your prayers and caring thoughts.

Ann Marie Flanagan

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