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, February 12, 2013
Doing A Little Better
Tonight Brian is doing a little better. Hooray! No headache all day and no headache tonight either, (as of 8 pm). He had a low fever this morning, and it doesn't seem to be spiking tonight! This is really big progress. There were some monocytes in the CBC report this morning and that is the first real sign that the counts are coming back up. Today marked 3 weeks in the hospital this round. He's not eating well yet, ( since he's been having headaches and fevers) but is eating a little and I expect that to improve soon. So, there's some good news tonight. I hope things continue in this direction, and that tonight is un-eventful, unlike the last couple nights, when he had some minor but unusual breathing issues and ended up needing a little oxygen to sleep comfortably. Probably won't be perfect yet, but should be better. He's been on his laptop for hours now, so that's another really good sign. Thanks for keeping tabs on Brian. We appreciate your love and support. :)