Reid Besch #NeverStopFighting

Hello to all,

My name is Reid Besch. Recently my world has been turned upside down. Mid-December of 2017, while I was helping clean out the garage with my parents, I lifted a box that was maybe a little to heavy for me. I heard this loud “POP” from my hip. Now, I played college football and one thing I know is that my body “pops”, “cracks”, and “aches” for different reasons that mean nothing. Therefore, I did not pay any attention to this “POP” in the garage and I went about my day continuing to help in the garage, run errands, etc. Finally, that evening as I was on the brink of sleep, I felt a slight pain in my hip. I still thought nothing of it. However, at about 3 o’clock in the morning I felt excruciating pain. It woke me from a dead sleep, and my mom rushed me to the ER. At the ER, they ran an X-Ray and discovered no bone damage, which was good. To manage the pain they gave me pain meds and crutches to take the weight off my hip. Other than that, they said that they could not do much, but they would refer me to an orthopedic doctor because they believe that it was either a tendon or a labrum issue.

Therefore, I scheduled my appointments with the orthopedic doctor, and the doctor said that he has hunch that my labrum is torn. Instead of jumping into surgical options though, he wanted to try Physical Therapy with a cortisone shot in the hip to see if that would help. I got the cortisone shot the Thursday before Christmas and thought “Finally, the pain is gone”. I was honestly just happy to be able to sleep through the night again. However, as the days went on, the pain started to come back. By Christmas morning, I was back using the crutches, taking the pain meds, waking up in the middle of the night, and hardly being able to go up the stairs on my own. We scheduled another appointment with the doctor. He told me he wants to get an MRI to confirm it, but that he still believes I have a torn labrum that will have to be surgically repaired. However, the doctor also wanted me to go off the pain meds because I will need them after surgery and he does not want me to build up immunity to them. Therefore, I stopped the pain meds, scheduled the MRI, and was grateful we were getting close to the end of my hip pain. As if things could not get any worse when I showed up for the MRI, I was informed that their machine was broken and I would need to reschedule. Now mind you, it has been about 3 weeks. I have been in pain the entire time. My hip hurts when I lay down to go to bed, and hurts when I try to stand up in the morning. At this point, I want them to take my leg to get the pain to stop. However, I finally go to get the MRI on Monday January 15, 2017.

The reason I’ll always remember the date of the MRI for my hip is because on Monday January, 15th 2017 is the day I was told that I have Acute Leukemia. The MRI results had come back and the doctor gave me a call, he said, “It could be nothing, or it could be something but you do have a tear in your labrum. Also, though, your bone marrow has come back a little changed. I would like for you to get some blood work done just to make sure. Like I said it could be nothing or it could be something.” In my mind, I am thinking okay, the hip is worse than I thought. I go get the blood work done, and it is sent to my doctor. At 9:30 P.M. the doctor gave me a call back and said, “Reid. Is your mom around? She will want to hear this too.” I froze. That is never something you want to hear at 9:30 P.M. from a doctor while you are in severe pain. I call my mom upstairs and put the phone on speaker so she can hear as well. The doctor then said”, Reid, I don’t generally like to give bad news late at night because it does not help anyone out. However, as you know I asked you to get some blood work done because of the bone marrow changes we saw from the MRI. Well, Reid I’m not a pathologist so I can’t say for certain that I am correct, but after consulting with another doctor, your blood work is showing signs that you have Acute Leukemia.” There was silence on both ends of the phone. It was broken when my mom said, “Excuse me?!”. The doctor repeated himself, “Reid’s blood work is showing signs that he has Acute Leukemia.” We were shell-shocked.

I was admitted to Vanderbilt Medical Hospital on the morning of Tuesday January 16 2017. All the doctors told me that we have caught this super early, in fact if I had my blood work done 30 days earlier then it most likely would not have shown up. Now, if this wasn’t enough on my plate, I still had to deal with my hip, and now I had developed another injury in my opposite knee. Fluid had built up in my right knee because I was over-compensating on the crutches. There was so much fluid that I actually could not bend my right knee. So, now I have a left hip injury, a right knee injury and acute leukemia. Things could not get much worse. By the Grace of the Lord, the doctors were able to drain the fluid from my knee so that I would be able to bend it. In addition, the doctors were able to find a temporary fix to my hip pain. I still will require surgery to fix the labrum, but in the meantime, they gave me a higher dose steroid shot that will hopefully last 6-12 weeks. Lastly, after many blood tests the doctors were able to determine the specific type of leukemia. I started chemo immediately and we are pending a bone marrow biopsy to see if all the cancerous cells are gone and what the next course of treatment will entail not only for the leukemia but also my pending hip surgery.

My doctors have told me that I am in for a long road and that is ok. I have all the faith in God and I know he will ultimately make the final decision as to when I will get better and be able to go home from the hospital. Any amount of donation to this Go Fund Me page will be greatly appreciated! The true appreciation for me is the time everyone has taken to read my story and the inspiring words of encouragement I continue to receive each and everyday. I cannot come up with a goal of how much money is enough, because in my mind a single dollar is more than I could ever ask for. However, what I can promise is that every dollar that is donated and not needed to assist me with the medical expenses I will be faced with as I travel down this path will go towards a charity that supports the fight against Leukemia. I want to personally give my sincere gratitude for first taking the time to read my story, but also for any donations. Thank you all so much!



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Organizer and beneficiary

Ray Besch 
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Elizabeth Besch