Hi my name is Brandy and my fiance is Donald Fitzgerald. As most of you know Donald has been dubbed "Superman" and for good reason. Donald was diagnosed with ALL (leukemia) when he was 13 years old and relapsed when he was 18. He was cured of this cancer and has gone almost 13 years cancer free. During this time, he has undergone 2 hip replacements and a partial shoulder replacement due to the high doses of steroids he had to take. Then, on March 24th 2011, 3 months after his 32nd birthday, we got the devastating news that the cancer had come back. We are now at UMC about to undergo the long process of Chemo once again. He will have to stay in the hospital for a minimum of 30 days for the initial treatment. He is strong and will beat this once again but we need everyone's prayers. God is in control and there is nothing out of his hands. As someone posted once on facebook "The deals not done until God's done dealing".
Thursday, March 31, 2011
On the rise
It has been a very eventful day. Donald's mom brought 2 of her former FBI buddies by to visit with us after lunch today. Donald took another short nap after they left and then a friend of mine came by for a while. Thanks Mag for the TP. LOL! We took another stroll over to the Children's Cancer floor and visited again. We also walked down to the children's activity room and spoke with some of the volunteer's there. God bless them for taking time to visit with the children and make there hospital stay a little brighter. They do such an amazing job with the children. My heart goes out to the children and their families. We came back to the room and attempted to watch Fireproof for the 2nd time. HA! Hard to watch a movie without interruptions up here. Poor Donald feels like he is about to birth a baby calf because of all the water he is retaining. He made the mistake of getting on the scale today and his weight is on the rise. Prednisone and Chemo is causing him to swell a little, well more than a little. He has put on about 30 pounds over the past week. We talked to the nurse and they may try to give him something in the morning to help with the fluid. We walked down to the cafeteria a short while ago for a little exercise and he walked for a good while before having to get in the wheelchair. He is a trooper I tell you. He sits up in the chair most of the day and walks every chance he gets. One of the nurses saw us walking down the hall and said " you walk more than I do and I'm not sick". They are all amazed at how well he is doing. All I have to say is GOD IS IN CONTROL! He is Almighty and he gives us strength.