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.
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.