TJ Lynch

First post: Feb 23, 2022 Latest post: Dec 24, 2022
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On 2/22/2022 TJ was diagnosed with B-cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). A bone marrow cancer. He is currently undergoing treatment at the Massey Cancer Center/ VCU in Richmond, VA.

Two months before the diagnosis, he started feeling “under the weather” and couldn’t shake it. As an avid Orange Theory member he enjoyed 6x a week workouts until one day he couldn’t lift the weights and he was crippled by the shortness of breath. He took a few weeks off, but nothing improved and steadily went downhill from there. The month of January continued with shortness of breath, loss of appetite, chills, night sweats, and extreme fatigue. He went through a battery of tests (Covid, Heart, CT scans, Lung X-ray) all were negative. He had a week long fever which prompted blood tests and we discovered he had a low white blood cell count. He was given an antibiotic and he started feeling a little better. The doctor suggested it may have been a virus that was running its course. He wanted TJ to give it a week and return for follow up labs. He got worse and was admitted to Sentara Norfolk General hospital on February 8th with a dangerously low white blood cell count and fever. LOTS of tests followed. When nothing was showing the cause they decided he should get a bone marrow biopsy.

Preliminary diagnosis on February 17th was acute leukemia and the doctors released him so he could come home, tell family and friends and wait until the final analysis of his bone marrow was complete. The oncologist said this type of leukemia comes on hard and fast and has to be treated hard and fast. As soon as we would know the final results, he would be admitted back into Norfolk General to start treatment.

The doctors call to us on February 22nd was at 1 and by 5pm he was checked into the hospital in Richmond instead (about 1 1/2 hours from home). The Massey Cancer Center has the expertise to treat this type of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

As TJ starts this intense treatment (which could initially keep him in the hospital for 30 days) we will be posting updates on this site. To allow TJ the space to focus on this first battle, he has asked that friends and family limit their texts and calls to him. We will try to keep posting updates regularly and you may leave well wishes on the site.

On behalf of me (Lisa), Mackenzie, Bryson and the whole extended family, thank you in advance for your prayers, love, support and encouragement!! TJ is a fighter and determined to kick this cancer!

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