My Kryptonite

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".



Tuesday, May 3, 2011

No news!

Sorry I have been out of touch for a few days. Donald is still in the hospital. He had his biopsy yesterday and they took fluid, bone marrow and a piece of his bone for testing. Overall, the biopsy went very well. His chest hurt more than anything. It was very painful having to lie on his stomach. It is still pretty tender today but not unbearable. He has not slept very good the past 2 nights, mostly because he has been nervous about the test results. We were hoping to have the results today but they are still not in. The doctor said they could come in tonight but more than likely it will be in the morning before we hear anything. We are praying that he is in remission and we can continue on with the transplant. His blood levels are still on the fence and his platelets have been dropping slightly over the past few days but the doctors don't appear to be very concerned.  The infectious disease doctors say he is clear to go home as far as they are concerned but it is up to the hemetology doctors.  If he still has leukemia cells in his marrow he will have to undergo another induction phase which would mean he has to stay in the hospital longer and undergo stronger Chemo than before. Everything depends on the biopsy results.

He has finally tuckered out and is sleeping soundly. He has had a very busy couple of days. His Aunt and Uncle are visiting from California and have been by to see him quite a bit.  One of his friends from Texas came by to see him today which really made his day. He may not know it but he had a lot to do with Donald completing treatment when he relapsed the last time.  Also, Donalds friend Aaron came to the hospital last night to stay with him so that I could go home and spend some time with the kids. Thank you Aaron. It meant so much to me and especially Donald. He really enjoyed your company. I am sure it was nice to spend time with someone other than me and have some guy talk. :)  For those of you who don't know Aaron, he stayed with Donald a lot when he relapsed with leukemia the last time. They had a lot to talk about. We are so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful friends and family.

I tried to go back to work yesterday but I was a nervous wreck the entire day. By the time I got back to the hospital I was so anxious and out of sorts. I just feel like a piece of me is missing when I am not by his side to help him get through this. Every minute away from him feels like hours. I have spoken with my supervisors and they have been very understanding and are trying to accommodate as best they can. I don't have to come back to work until he comes home from the hospital.  I greatly appreciate their support.

Thanks everyone for your thoughts and prayers. We can feel the love surrounding us and know God has a plan for Donald greater than he could ever imagine.

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