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Oct 4, 2018
Tom's cancer journey started in April of 2017 with his yearly physical. At that time the PA decided his prostate and PSI was a little iffy so she ordered a biopsy. It came out positive for cancer and we started getting a plan together to treat it. In the meantime, Tom was struggling with a particularly nasty ear infection. Over the course of 7 weeks he saw 4 doctors and had 3 rounds of antibiotics and still couldn't shake the incredible pain. In spite of the ear/sinus infection he went ahead and got the pre-op tests done to get ready for his prostate cancer surgery. The blood count numbers came back from that looking bad, so he was sent to a hematologist and had a bone marrow biopsy ordered. That test showed that he was fighting acute leukemia and the next day he was admitted to the hospital. We're still learning the specific details of Tom's condition but the scientific term is acute myeloid leukemia. Complicating it is acute sinusitis and prostate cancer. The plan is to start getting rid of the sinusitis, move into getting rid of the leukemia, and when he's in remission to then tackle the prostate cancer. It's a long journey. First and foremost, with prayer. After that it's hard to know because we're not really sure what to expect. He'll be in the hospital for 4 weeks so I"m sure at some point he'll get bored once he gets over the worst of the chemo symptoms. The palliative care doctor brought this aspect up- Tom loves his kids and grandkids, loves to fish and be out in nature. Is excellent at fixing anything and loves to invent stuff. He's the perfect engineer for my crazy artsy ideas and we've made quite a few wonderful things together.