Kyle’s Story

Site created on November 15, 2020

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In October 2019 Kyle tore his Achilles’ tendon and needed surgery. He spent months recovering and eventually started physical therapy in March 2020 where he began impact training including running and jumping. As Kyle tried to attempt these exercises he noticed pain in his back that concerned him. His trainer thought this could possibly be a result of Kyles body being deconditioned from resting during recovery. Over time the pain increased and physical therapy was put on hold. 
(Fast forward to August) 
The pain was intensifying. Kyle began going to the doctor where he had MRIs, X-rays and still no answers. Eventually he had a bone density test and doctors diagnosed him with osteopenia (a condition that occurs when the body doesn’t make new bone as quickly as it reabsorbs old bone). He was still in a significant amount of pain and the diagnosis didn’t seem to make sense. The pain was becoming so unbearable that most days he was unable to walk.
Finally on October 19th Kyle hit his breaking point. The pain was so excruciating that he needed to go to the emergency room. The first thing doctors did was a blood test. When the results came back the doctors seemed very alarmed.  His inflammation marker was off the charts and his hemoglobin was low. Next they did an MRI where they discovered 3 fresh fractures along his spine and what appeared to be lesions. In order to get an exact diagnosis Kyle was admitted to the hospital for an additional 3 days for more testing. On day 2 of being in the hospital Kyle had an additional MRI, more blood work and a bone marrow biopsy that confirmed he has cancer called multiple myeloma. Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell and in result can weaken your bones.
As of right now Kyle is in a back brace that prevents him from injuring his back even more. He will complete 4 rounds of chemotherapy along with a stem cell transplant in March. 

Newest Update

Journal entry by Nikki Sticha

Kyle completed cycle one of chemotherapy yesterday! So far he’s feeling good with no side effects. He’s been getting up on his own, dressing himself and walking short distances without his walker. All of these things are huge accomplishments!! On December 7th Kyle will start cycle 2 and meet with his oncologist. 

One thing Kyles team noticed is his neutrophils are low. Which are a type of white blood cell that helps heal damaged tissue and resolve infections. They think his medication is causing this but will keep a close eye on it. 

Lastly, Kyle will start physical therapy next Wednesday to help keep his body strong throughout this process. As of right now that is his only appointment for the coming week. Yay!

Thank you again for all of your continued support and kind words! Kyle appreciates it so so much. 

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