Evan and I have been in a relationship for a little over two years, and I am writing on behalf of him as he battles, Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia (AMML). If your lucky enough to know Evan, you know he is the kindest man who always has a smile on his face, even in the darkest of times. His friends call him the Ox because he is so strong, but the mental strength I have seen in this man far outweighs his physical strength. He is my hometown hero, and this is his story.
Evan and I started dating in September 2016, about 4 months prior to receiving the traumatic news that he had testicular cancer. Evan underwent surgery and numerous chemo treatments, spending months in and out of the hospital. He was in remission for two years and so we assumed he was in the clear. Evan had been working out, and consciously eating well, in fact we just completed a spartan race last September.
Recently, Evan became sick, and was diagnosed with Strep Throat and Tonsillitis. He started a course of antibiotics and seemed to get a little better, his fever diminished, and his headaches reduced. Then the bruises appeared in different places on his body, giant black and blues with knots and lumps hidden underneath them; it was then that we realized Evans health was in jeopardy.
Due to his persistent headaches and mysterious bruising, Evan went to have blood work done on Thursday, March 14th at Kaiser Hospital. The next morning, he received a nerve-wracking call from the nurse insisting that he was to go straight to the Emergency Room as his blood work was showing an unusual number of white blood cells. Furthermore, when the nurse called his counts were so abnormal, she wasn't sure the tests were accurate.
When he arrived at Good Samaritan Hospital, after further testing, Evan was diagnosed with Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia. He was transferred to Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Denver within a couple of hours. His treatment began almost immediately. The Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital is amazing, and Evan is receiving the best of care. The swift action on Evans behalf has truly saved his life, within a two week span I would be telling a much different story.
We were blindsided on Friday, March 15th but Evan was ready to fight the battle of cancer once again. Surrounded by friends, loved ones and family members, Evan put on a brave face and started his white blood cell depletion, a procedure he had done three times, which filters out the bad white cells and cancer-causing blast cells.
Evan has had many procedures done within the past thirteen days. On Monday the 17th he started his first round of a chemotherapy process, lasting twenty-four hours a day for 7 days. Numerous blood and vitals testing are done throughout the day. He has had scans, transfusions of platelets and blood, a bone marrow biopsy, and a lumbar puncture with chemo injected into his spinal column.
All the while, Evan keeps a smile across his face and has done nothing but spread positivity through it all, some days I found he was stronger than I was. He is not only a fighter, but he faces his battle with a determined outlook, hopeful for brighter days ahead. On April 1st, Evan will have another bone marrow biopsy which will predict future treatment.
Evan's treatment will continue for at least 4 months after his initial release. He will continue to have bone marrow biopsies to check the persistence of the spread of this disease. At this time we are unsure if a stem cell transplant will be needed, if this is done Evan will have a long road to recovery as his hospital stay will be extended. Luckily, he is blessed with selfless siblings who have offered to donate their stem cells if needed.
Unfortunately, Evan has no medical insurance to cover the cost of hospital bills, due to his prior existing condition. We are working and hopeful that medicate will accept him. After his release, he will be unable to work for at least 6 months, possibly longer. This is why we are reaching out during this critical time in Evans battle to raise an army of supporters. The more donations, posts and shares he receives the more he can focus on recovery.
Evan needs help with weekly and monthly bills as well as his medical expenses. It is overwhelming for him as you can imagine. He needs to focus on his recovery and keep the finical stress to a minimum. We appreciate any amount you are able to donate to Evan, to help him during his fight for his life. Maintaining focus on his daily battle is of the utmost importance in order to stay positive throughout this period.
Evan is strong and WILL win this battle! His story has mostly taught me to appreciate every little second, hug your loved ones a little harder, and as Evan says, try not to sweat the small things, because life can change in the blink of an eye.
Thank you for thinking of Evan.
We send our love, positive vibes and thoughts out to you.
God Bless you and your families
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