To say the last 5 months for the Peterson Family have been a roller coaster would be an understatement. Michelle and Brett Peterson have been married for 15 wonderful years. They are two people deeply committed to each other through thick and thin.
On April 15, 2017, Michelle got the call that her sweet father, Jeff Thredgold, had passed away at the young age of 66. He had battled a rare and fatal form of dementia for the last 5 years of his life. While grieving the death of her father, Michelle's doctor became concerned with a nodule found in her thyroid. In July 2017 doctors removed 40% of her thryoid which was then tested. On Aug 22, results came back malignant. On September 7, Michelle again had surgery, this time to remove the entire thyroid and some lymph nodes to see if the cancer had spread. They waited for the results.
While eagerly waiting for the results of Michelle's surgery, Brett went to the periodontist on September 14th to follow up on an infected tooth which had been pulled a few months back. The periodontist was a little concerned that the bone had not healed as fast as it should have. He recommended that Brett follow up with his doctor to see if there was something wrong. Luckily, Brett's doctor had an appointment the following morning.
September 15th, 2017, Brett went to the doctor in the morning for a checkup and to do some bloodwork as a precaution. The doctor said he would have results that day and Brett went to work. While at work that same morning, Michelle got the phone call from her doctor that her results from her recent surgery were very positive. Her cancer had not spread to the rest of her thyroid or her lymph nodes. She would likely need to do radiation but other than that, things looked good. Brett and Michelle were overjoyed and spread the news with the family that things were looking good! Perhaps there was a light at the end of the tunnel of the past 6 months!
2:00 came around and Brett got a call from his doctor. The doctor was very confused concerning the lab results. His red and white blood cell count were extremely low, so low that the doctor thought the machine might not be working. Brett returned to the doctor and they did a second round of labs. Same results. Brett was immediately sent to the ER. Within 24 hours, he was diagnosed with Leukemia.
On September 15th, 2017, exactly 5 months after the death of Michelle's father, this beautiful couple finally received some good news, some uplifting news. Only to be followed up with another whirlwind of emotions and uncertainty within mere hours.
We're still learning the severity of Brett's leukemia. It has been diagnosed as Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a common but very aggressive form of the disease, but information is still being gathered. Michelle is still very fresh in recovery from her own surgery and has now found herself the primary caretaker of an amazing man and 3 beautiful daughters.
How can we help?
I set up this page so I can help my sweet sister. I know there are many people in the community that would like to help in any way they can. Thank you so much for your support. All the money raised by this campaign will go towards medical bills to support both of their cancer treatments.
Michelle and Brett, you can do this! We've got your back!
Brett, Michelle, Lauren, Paige, & Hailey
Here's a Fun Family Video from 2013
Michelle and her father, Jeff.
Story on Jeff's Death
- Chris Thredgold
- Courtney Sunderland
- Melanie Tatco
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