Sam Brigman Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Vicki's husband, Sam Brigman (pictured on the right) was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) on March 17th, 2016. Presently he is able to be home as an outpatient after spending over 6 weeks in the Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The VA has been super in their care of him and are working with the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa. The co-pays are low for the VA, but Moffitt is more specialized for his AML and is more expensive.
After his third 7 day cycle is complete that begins July 14th; Sam will receive another bone marrow biopsy on August 4th at Moffitt. If his biopsy shows blasts of leukemia below 5%, a donor will be located and a transplant procedure can begin. Sam will spend 30 full days in the hospital during and after the transplant. Vicki will be trained in watching for any signs of rejection in Sam from the donor's blood. They will have to be housed near the hospital for another 60 days.
If the VA finds the donor and has a bed for him, they will be in Nashville at Vanderbilt for the 90 days. The VA covers the housing and travel but not amenities and the ongoing rent and utilities for their place in Florida. If Moffitt has a bed for Sam first, the copay is $10,700 for the transplant.
Vicki quit her job April 28, 2016 to become his full time caregiver. Driving the 28 miles one way with Sam to each appointment and is by his side during his 7 day cycles of IV chemo. They have been living on Sam's social security which covers the rent and have been withdrawing Vicki's retirement at a 10% tax penalty for utilities, food, gas...etc.
Please include Sam in your prayers and monetary contributions, regardless of how small. Many small contributions add up quickly.
We all thank you in advance, for anything you can do to help.
Have a blessed day and live life to the fullest!
On Tuesday morning, January 3rd 2017, my adoring husband, Sam 'Buddy' Brigman passed on. Sam said it is true what they say, "that cancer is a fight". Sam's body just couldn't fight any longer and he is now pain free. I don't know what else to say except thank you for the love, support, hugs and tears that kept us going through 2016. This is the most difficult journal entry for me and for the rest of us Sam fans left behind. Please remember how he made us laugh; how he was a true southern gentleman; how he was a pirate 200 years too late; how his art lives on and how his love lives on through his children and grandchildren. He was one of a kind. Peace out. Sam wished to be cremated. I will have a celebration of life in Huntsville, Alabama at a later time. In lieu of flowers you may donate to the Fisher House Foundation.
I updated our Caring Bridge site yesterday, 12/17/16. Mainly - The clinical trial did not work from his results on the bone marrow biopsy taken on November 30th. Sam was admitted to Moffit Cancer Center immediately and given 5 days of two intense chemotherapies. He will be in the hospital for 3 more weeks or until his white blood cell count is where he can fight off any infections. They have him on several antibiotics now as a preventative measure. He receives another bone marrow biopsy December 21st. December 19th is his birthday and his son and family are coming to help celebrate. His granddaughters brightened up his hospital room with banners and a drawing of a Christmas tree for his door. Please share this Viet Nam veterans story. This disease is from his military service. Merry Christmas and here's to a better New Year! peace love and harmony- Vicki Brigman
Sam is scheduled for a screening for a clinical trial at Moffitt Cancer Center October 20th and an appointment on October 17th for a consultation with a holistic cleaning on living alkaline. Nashville's bone marrow biopsy team has found a donor! As soon as Sam returns to remission status, I'm sure Nashville will prepare for him.
I just made an update on his Caring Bridge site. Please pass along that Sam is back in the hospital with jaundice again. They think the chemo tablets are causing liver damage.
Thanks everyone for your love and support! Sam and Vicki