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.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Still Hanging In There...4 Days Later

The last few days have been similar; they have been tough.  About the time you think things are under control, things change.  Today the pain is staying under control with less morphine, and they upped the doses on the anti- nausea meds and he can sleep again, and better. Feeling constantly sick last night was like punishment, but since they fixed the meds this morning it is a much better situation.  He's sleeping without added oxygen, and sleeping hard. He is even looking better this evening.  Yesterday he had another CT scan and so far that and none of the additional precautionary tests that they have run have shown anything. That's so good. Although the counts are still down, the small points of progress make me think I might be seeing a little light at the end of the tunnel. 

1 comment:

  1. Its sad that they do not legalize drugs for you to be home with your family no wonder everybody wants to move to're in my prayers all my love your cousin Cynthia