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.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
A Little Puzzled
The nurses are a little puzzled because the red blood cells are high this morning, so they have redone the CBC and are waiting to see if it is the same. Monday he got 2 units of blood. Tuesday's labs showed little improvement in the red blood cells in spite of that, yet today they are over the top. Yesterday he was given platelets, but today they are still low, as if there were no effect. This wouldn't be a big surprise if he had previously been given many more transfusions, but they say he hasn't had enough to cause that. Maybe tomorrow they will shoot up...? It makes Brian worry a bit, I am hopeful that it is just a temporary thing as the bone marrow works to bring things back to normal after the chemo . He has a low temp again today, his body is working hard.