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, January 29, 2013

One More Dose of Chemo. :)

Tomorrow morning is THE last day of chemo, one small dose and it's finished! Brian is doing well, and looking forward to getting back to regular life in a few weeks. One more count recovery to pass through. I hope he does well.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Getting Better Here

Thursday, after 2 really rough days of fever and nausea, Rick, our nurse, suggested another anti-nausea drug on Brian's list that Brian could have (in addition to the 3-4 he was already getting in rotation). So, we said why not? That was at 9 p.m., and at 11 his fever broke! Turns out the drug was also good for the fever. Since then, Brian has been so much better. Not eating a lot, but improving! Now we're putting all our efforts into preventing mouth sores. Today we had a surprise visit from Brian's brother, Matt, and also sister Charlotte this afternoon and expecting bro-in-law Trujillo tonight. He has had a great day! 3 chemo days to go! :)

Thursday, January 24, 2013

2 Days Done

Tonight starts day 3 of chemo. This is going to be a real test. They are adding a second drug in, a new one for Brian. So far, it has been rough, but he's hanging in there. I hope the extra drug doesn't compound the situation. He's still strong, but not eating. Maybe tonight he'll go for a little chicken noodle soup. He finally felt like playing a PS3 game, so that is a good sign. February is just a week away, and he'll be finished with chemotherapy!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Back to Finish Chemos

Yesterday we arrived back at the hospital for the 4th and final round of chemotherapy. Brian is healthy and we know the drill... And hopefully no unexpected problems or illnesses will occur. It is a little nerve wracking bringing home your son, immunocomprimised during the cold and flu (epidemic) season. We are thankful to all who stayed away when they might be contagious, and to those who understand this temporary situation. I think our whole family is much more aware of taking ALL the precautions to stay well and avoid illness. In that way it's been a blessing. Yeah, so I am paranoid ...hahaha.
This round of chemo lasts 8 days. Now, he has already one day done! Two major drugs, Cytarabine (Ara-C) and Mitoxantrone, plus the study drug, Bortezomib. The two major drugs overlap in the middle. The beautiful part of this is that this is the last round of chemo!
I think Brian is getting tired of it, but he's a pretty positive person and I hope he/we can keep his spirits up.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Doing Fine

Just a little post - Brian is finishing up round 3 this week and is feeling pretty good. It was a little harder on his body this time, but he's pulling out of it ahead of schedule so far, for which we are very thankful. One more round to go. It is scary with all the flu season going on, but we just have to be super careful...even up here in the hospital, in the ICS Unit, there are lots of sick (with flu) cancer kids. We had a good New Years and they treat us well up here. Thanks to all who have been praying for Brian, it's powerful. It's a pretty day here in Salt Lake. Brian is too sleepy for a photo, so here's the view from our room. Happy New Year to you all.