On January 18th 2018 everything changed. Luke was diagnosed with Leukemia. We went through so many emotions: sadness, anger, frustration, acceptance, hope, and so on. Since then, Luke has gone through his induction chemotherapy treatment that caused him to lose so much weight and made him feel weak and sick. This was followed by an intense two week CNS prevention protocol that required him to get another round of IV chemo, daily oral chemo, daily brain radiation, and 4 lumbar punctures with chemo. During this time we discovered that Luke is considered to be MRD positive. This means that while he is clinically in remission, there is some remaining disease in his bone marrow. This means he will need a stem cell transplant. Prior to getting the transplant it was recommended that he try a newer drug called blinatumomab. This drug amplifies the immune system to kill the remaining leukemia cells and push him into MRD negative status before getting the transplant. The hope is that this will improve long term outcomes and prevent the risk of relapse. Currently he is undergoing this treatment and is tolerating it well. He is gaining his strength back, putting on weight, and feeling well, all things considered. We hope that he will be ready for his transplant in May. He lucked out that his brother is a good match for the transplant, not everyone is so lucky. Feel free to follow my blog for periodic updates on this journey: Life Love and Luke-emia
One of the challenges we have been faced with is the fact that Luke can not currently work and therefore the school has put him on medical leave. I graduate in May but I don't have a job lined up in Winnipeg yet. While the assistance program gives some help with finances and transportation to appointments, there are still expenses that add up: groceries, bills, parking, rent, etc.
The amount of support and love that has been sent our way has been phenomenal. From donations, to prayer chains, to filling his freezer with food, and providing transportation, I can't begin to thank everyone.
I have decided to do a fundraiser to try and raise some money to help support Luke. I am selling these bracelets for about $5 a piece, but any support you can spare is greatly appreciated. Be sure to leave your name and/or message me on FB so I can get your bracelet(s) to you.
We will fight and we will beat Luke-emia!!