Monday, December 27, 2010

a change of plans...

Since our last appointment with BMT, we have been scrambling to get Mike’s dental clearance completed by 11am today. We had it in hand at 10:30a and had to rush to Moffitt to turn in everything and get the final on proceeding with transplant.

Upon meeting, we were informed that the results on Mike’s lumbar puncture were not good. There is still a low level of leukemia in the spinal fluid around his brain. A transplant will not treat the leukemia that this point. Mike will have to go back into an induction round of intrathecal chemotherapy (injected directly into his spine) and most likely consider spinal cranium radiation therapy. This cycle could last several months before the leukemia is treated and he could be cleared for transplant again.

The option is always in Mike’s hand to not continue with therapy. His body has been through so much already and the thought of another round of more intense chemo and radiation does not sound too appealing. If he were to choose against further treatment, the doctors estimate that Mike would have 2-4 months left to live.

All I can say is, God is bigger. I believe that God will impart divine wisdom to both of us to find new healing methods and I really believe that Mike is going to make it through this. I am not denying that I am afraid and angry. Mike deserves to be well…Now. I honestly don’t know what God’s intentions are to allow us to go through such difficult circumstances, but when I really comes down to it, I trust Him. His plan is better than mine and somehow, someway, good will come from this.

Please keep us in prayer over the coming weeks that we will be strong, have peace and enjoy every moment we are blessed to have together.

And please…imagine your life without someone that you love and then go tell that person how much they mean to you. No one is promised later.

Monday, December 20, 2010

...another long day

*sigh….deep breath* It was another long day…

Today we met with the BMT team to go over results of Mike’s most recent bone marrow biopsy and requirements for transplant. He is showing a 1% relapse which means the leukemia is already trying to come back from his last remission in October. At this point, they are still going to proceed with transplant as long as his lumbar puncture tests come back satisfactory and that we can get dental clearance by Friday. We still have not heard back from the dentist to even get him in for a visit, so if anyone knows a dentist near Tampa who would be willing to help us out before Friday, it would be greatly appreciated. If we don’t have dental clearance to turn in on Monday, his doctor is cancelling the transplant.
We went over about 50 pages of consent forms and side effects which we have to take home to review further before his appointment next Monday. I have a hard time processing all of the “what ifs” at this point, so I really just have to put everything in God’s hands. I know that everything is going to be ok because God is amazing and no matter what – He will look out for me and my family.

Mike has been in very good spirits and we are certainly determined to enjoy the next few weeks together as a family. We are taking in every moment and enjoying it to its fullest. We pray that all of you will consider us throughout the holiday season and do the same for yourself and your loved ones. Life is too short not to enjoy it and appreciate what you have.

We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a blessed and prosperous new year!! Much love and joy to all!!! <3