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, June 11, 2013
One Day of Hospital / Night of Chemo Done
Brian entered the hospital yesterday for surgery to put in a new central line (easy access to bloodstream without turning him into a pincushion), bone marrow aspirate and LP( lumbar puncture) a spinal fluid test for cancer, more platelets, etc., and into a room for the prep for transplant. The chemo drugs went in one after another about all night, till 5 am. At present, he is comfortable and sleeping and that is good. The anesthesia gave him a headache, but it seems to be gone today. I feel that he is in good hands here at Primary, and they know and care about Brian. We were here not long ago, just checked out in February. So that's this morning's report. Not an easy afternoon nor night, but it could have been far worse. Now he sleeping hard zzzzzzzz...