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.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Santa's Elf!

Becky, our very special Christmas elf! Santa Claus came last night! There is a big tub of gifts for Brian, and another even for me-Jane, and a very cool fiber optic light in the window. She even decorated the IV tree!

Christmas Update

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas!

It's Christmas Eve and we just feasted on delicious salads from Costa Vida, a special treat from Jaron and Caitlin Ewell! Brian is finished with the major chemos this round, and finally felt like he could handle a big meal, which he sure did. The neighbors provided the sparkling cider. We have a beautiful white Christmas and don't have to drive in it. Miss the family, but we'll make it a good night. Maybe do a little Skype...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Good Night

Last night, the 3rd night, was a good night. Our nurse did a really good job of keeping on top of it all for Brian. He did have some minor pressure in his upper chest, but they brought in an EKG and it didn't appear to be a heart problem. Maybe soreness or (just) the drugs. He's sleeping in, but he was awake pretty late texting, which is nothing new! He was pretty sore yesterday from all the nausea from the 2nd night, and that should be better today. Over half way now! :)

We have some Christmas here too!

This is Brian's room, (minus the bed and couch), the parts we get to look at. Thought you might like to see. It doesn't show the view of the mountain, maybe I will take a picture tonight.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Thanks Isaiah. You have a BIG heart!

Back for Round 3

Following Brian's brother Dennis's homecoming from the North Carolina Charlotte Mission the night before, Brian is back in the hospital as of Wednesday the 19th for round 3 of chemo. The roads were pretty icy for the first hour or so of the drive up, but thankfully we didn't end up in the median like a few we saw...and the ice cleared up past Paragonah. We got a pretty cool room, a little larger than the last one, and I decorated it for Christmas and brought a little tree from home to put in the window. It looks like Christmas, and we have a view to the north that is pretty with snow topped mountains and homes with Christmas lights on them :) The first night was un-eventful but last night was not too much fun. We were told the dose would be twice as much for the drug, Ara-C... But make that 10x as strong as before. That is not an opinion. But he is better this afternoon, and has had a great visit with Isaiah Harris, and now they're breaking into some video games. Isaiah's visit has been a great break and good medicine for Brian after last night. This is night 3 of 5 basically so we are about half way done with chemo for this round. Gotta look at it this way. The hospital is spoiling us with Christmas good will... There are some seriously nice things that go on here at Christmas, thanks to many people who are most kind and generous.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

December Update

December 8, 2012
Time has a way of flying by.  I thought I'd update briefly.  The second round of chemo went very well. We're still waiting for the counts to come back up but the lab reports we get are good, and everything is coming up like it should.  We're going to be able to be home for Dennis's (that's Brian's brother on an LDS mission in North Carolina) return from his mission, which we are thankful for but we'll be back in the hospital the following day for Brian's 3rd round of chemo. It is expected to be a hard hit, just two drugs, fewer days but double dose,  plus the study drug. Should get the last dose on Christmas day or the day after.  The recovery period is longer on average by about a week. Brian was ahead of average on the last we'll see.  He's feeling fine at the time, and has been doing well. Everybody says Christmas at Primary Children's Hospital is really cool. I hope Brian can enjoy it a little. Then, come New Year's we'll celebrate the completion of the 3rd round of chemo! 2012 was a wild ride for our family. You never know.  On a brighter note, we're following the Wright brothers at the NFR and they're doing great!  10 days till Dennis comes home. :)