October 13, 2012
Brian is back up at Primary Children's Medical Center tonight, and already had his first chemo this evening and is feeling fine...they knew what he needed and he knew when he needed it...so the whole med thing worked out well. One more dose of Ara-C at 6 a.m. and the first day (of 8 days of chemo) will be done. The rest of the night will be just IV anti-nausea drugs (hopefully) and a couple interruptions for vitals. Should be good. I hope so.
We also got the good news that the bone marrow test from Thursday was negative, which means there were "0" leukemia cells found, thus he is in remission. That was the plan. The continuation of the chemotherapy is the method used to insure it does not come back. So, everything is going well and working for Brian at this time. Brian is coming into chemotherapy a lot healthier than he was a little over a month ago. In a few days, it will probably be harder as the cells are killed off again. But for now, I am thinking it should be a good night.
Halloween was a pretty fun holiday here in the hospital, but they say Christmas is really neat here. If I have my calculations right, we should be here for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Should be interesting! We could easily have a white Christmas. They already had 2 days of snow here and there's 10 inches of snow on the ground around the hospital.
Brian’s Blog was created for all of his friends, family, fans, and community members who are cheering him on in his fight against leukemia. Brian graduated from HHS in May of this year. Many people know Brian due to his leadership, sportsmanship, and outstanding athletic achievements including three state championships in wrestling, a state football championship, state discus champion 2011 and varsity track and soccer teams. He had received a call to serve a full-time mission to Uruguay and was planning to start his mission at the end of the month. After completing his mission to Uruguay, Brian planned to play football at SUU where he has already received a full-ride scholarship. Brian was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) on Tuesday October 2nd. That very day he was taken to Salt Lake City for intensive inpatient care. He has been receiving chemotherapy, blood transfusions, and other treatments. We hope and pray that Brian will recover with the help of competent medical care. Doctors say that there is an 80% chance that Brian’s cancer will respond favorably to treatment. Thank you so much for your support. We will keep you updated regularly on Brian’s progress.
Update: On January 14, 2014, Brian passed away after a 15 1/2 month battle with leukemia. He was in remission following the first series of chemotherapy treatments for only 3 months, in spite of earlier optimism. Another harder hitting chemotherapy began in June with the intention of following with a bone marrow transplant but instead, alternative treatments in Colorado Springs and later Atlanta were chosen. Those also were unsuccessful, too little too late. In November he underwent yet more chemotherapy in Denver. The leukemia did not respond. Brian returned home to Southern Utah friends and family on December 12, 2013. Leukemia took his mortal life, but it can't touch his spirit.