Brian's Battle to Beat Leukemia
Within two weeks of being back, I came down with a terrible strep throat infection. After being treated with antibiotics and steroids, I began to feel better. The left side of my neck had begun to swell, but I was assured it was due to strep throat and that it would subside upon completion of the antibiotics. Within 48hrs, my neck developed a softball sized mass that was very painful and seemed to continue to grow.
On April 3, 2017 I was admitted to Scott and White Medical Center to try to find an answer to what was happening. After multiple test, I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with multiple rounds of chemotheraphy and a bone marrow transplant in the near future.
Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), also called acute lymphocytic leukemia or acute lymphoid leukemia, which is a fast-growing cancer of a type of white blood cells called lymphocytes. Normal lymphocytes help your body fight infections. In ALL, the lymphocytes are cancerous and don't fight infections very well. These cancerous cells (or leukemic blasts) grow quickly and crowd out the bone marrow, preventing it from making the normal red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets that your body needs.
These treatments may take 6 months to 2 years for the cancer to go into remission. This has caused great stress for my family and I, as I cannot seek employment, and my wife, who had rededicated her life to becoming a nurse, has had to postpone her dreams to be by my side along with her motherly duties to Tylah Marie and Lucy.
It will become a long road with normal living expenses, and ongoing medical expenses adding up. We both have a strong belief in the God we serve. With love and prayers, I will continue to fight this cancer with every fiber of my being. This is why we want to ask for any help possible and we truly appreciate any help given. Thank you all for your wonderful kind words.
I'm praying for you and the family. You got this!!!