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".
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Well, Donald got the disappointing news this morning that they are not going to let him go home. He will be starting his new chemo protocol as early as tomorrow. They are just waiting on the cultures to come back clear to begin. His temperature got up to 102 in the early morning hours and he had to have another bag of platelets as well. His body is rejecting the donor platelets and is unable to make new ones due to the leukemia blasts in his marrow. It is important that they begin treatment as soon as possible. Donald was really looking forward to going home for a few days but I know God has a plan and he will return home soon enough. Praying this new protocol works and he is able to proceed with the bone marrow biopsy soon. He is so tired but I know he can find strength in the Lord.