Stem Cell Transplant
Alex Ashton is my 22 year old son who was diagnosed with B-Cell Lymphoma in October 2018...He took a leave of absence from work to receive treatment over the following 6 months...Since the Chemo ended he went back to work...recently we found out through a PET scan that the cancer is still there and Alex is now receiving treatment farther from home at OHSU Knight Cancer Center in Portland, Oregon...he will not be able to work and is not eligible for unemployment. He can apply for Social Security once the Stem Cell Transplant has taken place. We are currently living only on my Social Security. We continue to make numerous trips to Corvallis for 3 to 4 days of hospital stay Chemotherapy in preparation for the transplant before we have to spend at least a month in Portland for the transplant procedure. We need to also maintain our home in Newport, Oregon so we have a place to come home to when Alex's treatment is complete....I have no idea how I am going to do this...This has been spiritually, emotionally, physically, and financially devastating....I need help to save my son...any help would be appreciated beyond what words can express....Thank you+ Read More
August 6, 2019:::: Alex was released from the hospital on August 4th...day +11 after his transplant. We still have to remain, at least 3 more weeks here in Portland, so he can be seen at the clinic here twice a week to insure he is ready to go home...I can maybe see an end to this long road we have been traveling.....We appreciate all of you who have helped lighten the burden by donating to his campaign.
August 2, 2019::: Stem cell transplant was a success and we will be leaving the hospital tomorrow.....Hooray! We have to stay in Portland until the 3rd week of August for Alex to be further monitored... then, finally....HOME!
July 12th: Today is Alex's 23 birthday..... everything went well in Portland and they were able to collect the stem cells they need for the transplant...He has endured so much and NEVER complains...SO, we get to be at home for this weekend....Back to Portland on Monday for the long-haul.....Chemo, hospitalization, and the transplant (usually around two weeks in-patient.) Then we have to stay close in Portland for 2 to 3 weeks so he can be monitored.....Finally, the home-stretch and healing! Thank you so much to all of you (known and unknown) who have helped to support us at this very stressful and challenging time.
July 5th: I am so overwhelmed by all of this. We are to be in Portland on Sunday at 9:30 am.... Okay...be there till 12th apparently then have to come home for the 13th, 14th, 15th and be back at 9:00 am on the 16th.....It's 150 miles one-way..The logistics of this are a nightmare...If you are not in a good place financially PRAY to GOD you don't get sick...No idea how we are going to do this.......Not a bad update in regards to Alex's health...BUT, not a good update either. We appreciate all of you.