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".

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Thursday, May 5, 2011

Pros and Cons

Okay, so we finally spoke with the doctor and it is official. The leukemia is still in his marrow. She said it's not any worse but its not much better either. Some better but not much. At this point he has 2 treatment options. One is a standard more intense protocol and the other is a research protocol. The research protocol includes 2 very good chemotherapy drugs they use on adults and a trial drug that works great on children but has not been used on adults. He has until tomorrow to decide what he wants to do. The doctor thinks the trial would be his best shot because it includes chemo's he has never had before and hopefully it will put him in remission. He has to be in remission before they can do a transplant. The doctor also said they have potential matches for his bone marrow and are running further test now to see if they are a good match. It can take up to 6 months to find a donor. We are praying this new protocol will put him in remission and we will be able to find a donor soon so he doesn't have to undergo more chemo than necessary. They are going to do another bone marrow aspiration in the morning and will start chemotherapy. Everyone please pray that he chooses the right protocol and that it puts him in remission. The Doctor said his leukemia is very aggressive this time. We know God can and will heal his body.

There were some people asking about being a bone marrow donor and at this point the best way to become a donor is through the national bone marrow registry. bethematch.com. If they don't find a match on the registry we will look to friends and family to be tested. I will let everyone know where they can go to be tested should it come to that.

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