Tim has not been feeling himself since early April. He had been to the Dr. a few times for different things, but never fully felt back to normal. On July 3, 2017, Tim went to the Bellevue Hospital Emergency Room with flu like symptoms. After running several tests, they found that Tim's blood work showed high white blood cell and low platelet counts, which are potential markers for cancer. They transported via ambulance to the University of Toledo Medical Center (UTMC). There, Tim underwent more testing, as well as a bone marrow biopsy. On Thursday, July 6, 2017, we got the news we were dreading. Tim was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML).
The team of Doctors working with Tim immediately started an intense round of chemo therapy. Beginning Friday, July 8, he started receiving 3 different types of chemotherapy over a 7 day period. They will then wait for his white blood cells to regenerate and then retest the bone marrow. He will be able to go home for a short time, but will have to return to UTMC at least 2 more times for additional chemo. We do not yet know if a bone marrow transplant will be necessary.