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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Monday, July 4, 2011

There's No Place Like Home

The day has gone very well. Donald has been in great spirits in preparation to return home. He had a long hot shower and sat in the chair for a bit today. He even let me give him a shave. He felt so much better. The doctor came by this morning and advised he is still okay to go home tomorrow. The plan is to give him is last round of antibiotics in the morning, give him a unit of platelets and then prepare him for discharge. He will be able to go home from Tuesday to Sunday. We will return to the hospital on Monday for round 3 of chemo. They do not have his protocol written yet so we don't know exactly what medications he will be getting on what days and for how long. The doctor is supposed to be calling MD Anderson in the morning to see if they have ever treated someone of Donald's unique condition. We will not know for sure until we return on Monday.

Visitors:   We know how much everyone would like to see Donald but we have been advised that it is in his best interest to not have any visitors while he is home. It is far to risky for him to catch something and he can't afford to get sick. Any illness may prevent him from treatment on Monday and that would not be good. He will also be very tired and needs to rest as much as he can while at home because the next few weeks are going to be really tough. I will continue to blog while he is at home so everyone can see how he is doing. We are praying he will have a save trip home, without complications, and be able to build his strength before returning to the hospital. Thank you all for your continued prayers and support. It means so much to us, especially Donald.

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