In the Summer of 2013, we were right in the middle of renovating the old Maverick building as our new home. We noticed Tom had developed a cough and had started losing weight. We thought it was from all the hard work he had been doing on the project. He went to our family doctor, Dr. Conroy, and she had a regular CBC blood test done. We immediately received a call back from her saying he needed to get to the Emergency Room and receive blood, as his hemoglobin was low. After a series of other tests and more extensive blood work up, he was sent to a Hematologist/Oncologist, Dr. Dewani, at OSU James Cancer Center East, whom diagnosed him with Multiple Myeloma, a type of blood cancer. We had never heard of it before, but have since heard of a lot of people having it. . . including his Uncle Dick, Tom Brokaw, national news anchor and Peter Boyle, Ray Barone's Dad on "Everybody Loves Raymond", just to name a few. Dr. Dewani told us there is currently no cure for it, but with various types of chemo treatments his life could possibly be extended up to 10-12 years.
Over the past 3 1/2 years, he has been on four different types of treatments, even going into remission once, but the disease has always returned. Even though he has been dead set against a bone marrow transplant, because it is so had to go through, his new doctor, Dr. Efebera at The James, said this is his only choice. And so. . . he began this journey!
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