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6/24/2016 Latest post:
In November, 2015, Wes began losing weight and was extremely fatigued. For those that know Wes, know this is not like him at all. He is a man that never slows down! He is our superman! On Friday, April 1, 2016, he went to the doctor to get a check up and found out his hemoglobin was extremely low. I happened to be at a doctor's appointment that Friday out of town. He called after his appointment to tell me not to make any plans the following day, as he would have to be at the hospital for a few hours to get a blood transfusion, due to the low hemoglobin level. Little did we know he would be getting 4 units of blood and being admitted to Doctor's Memorial Hospital. By Tuesday, April 5th, he was admitted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital because his platelets were dangerously low and he continued to lose blood. Following a bone marrow biopsy, on Friday, April 8th, we were told he had cancer. On Sunday, April 10th, he was admitted to the Gainesville Cancer Center for a second opinion. His second bone marrow biopsy confirmed that Wes had Myelodysplastic Syndrome(MDS). He immediately began chemotherapy. Not sure of what direction to take next, on April 22, 2016, Wes was admitted to the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, FL. He endured yet another (3rd) bone marrow biopsy ( I told you he was superman), only to confirm again that he has MDS (immediate), which the doctors tell us will surely progress into acute myeloid leukemia unless he has a bone marrow transplant. Because this is not a typical case of MDS, it has stumped the oncologist as its presentations is different. There is no cure for MDS and therefore the only remedy is the transplant. Wes was in the hospital at Moffitt for four days. He is now being treated as outpatient, receiving platelets every other day and blood transfusions weekly. He will continue chemotherapy on a monthly basis until a match has been found for him to have a bone marrow transplant. We covet your prayers as we know there are some tough days ahead.