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.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Update on Brian

Brian is currently being treated at University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, Colorado (Denver). After all we have tried, the dreaded transplant is the only reasonable choice left given his present condition.  The past month has been extremely hard on him, and we are lucky and blessed that he pulled through the infections he had,  one from his central line and the other a relapse of sorts from an infection he had in the hospital in July.  Having a suppressed immune system  finally caught up with him. He spent over a week in the ICU in Atlanta and been inpatient ever since, except for the transfer here. Yes, it is crazy.  But we fell into the hands of some outstanding doctors, and feel that Heavenly Father has opened our eyes, and opened doors, and we pray that  He will continue to bless and guide Brian through this experience.

Over the last month he has also developed a fungal infection in his throat or back of the tongue which will require surgery tomorrow morning. We thought it was the return of mucositis, but it isn't. It has been and will be rugged to go through, but it could have been worse. After the surgery, they will begin chemotherapy which hopefully will be effective in bringing the AML into remission.  It is expected that he will be a month in the hospital, have a break for a week or so, then return for the transplant, another month inpatient, and  if all goes well, have another 2 - 3 months receiving outpatient care here. Just pray that he can have all the strength he needs to fight the fight of his life.

     (He is in the white building,11th floor on the back, windows look to the north.)

    Brian up and decided to do some squats today, monitor wires tucked in and IV lines dangling.
I think it freaked the nurse a little when the heart rate shot up.

He misses everybody so much. We hear about so many of you still praying for Brian. Thank you so much for your continued prayers for Brian!!!  

He has a cousin, Johnny Graham, same age, who lives in the area who helped us when we arrived Monday night and has lifted Brian's spirits so much!  Here Brian has escaped the hospital bed and is relaxing while Johnny looks up a good movie to watch on Tuesday. The address for Brian is below the picture.

 Address:  (Updated 11/24/2013)
University of Colorado Hospital, 
Brian Scott, Room 1124
Anschutz inpatient Pavillion
12605 E. 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

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