Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a cancer of the myeloid line of blood cells, characterized by the rapid growth of abnormal cells that build up in the bone marrow and blood and interfere with normal blood cells.
This is a basic summary of AML
What does this mean for Rhett.
Rhett has started an intensive course of chemotherapy on Saturday the 17/02/2018. Due the the nature of the treatment and the AML he will be spending the next 9 months or so in hospital at PMH. He has been moved to an isolation room that he will be staying in. He is only allowed to leaving that room for medical procedures. As part of the chemo treatments he will be getting sick and then get better again. The hospital will be doing multiple phases of treatment over the next 9 months. There will be time during the phases of treatment that he may be able to leave the hospital between the phases if he is well to do so. But he can not go home to Hedland during this time.
This has been a big shock to use all as, Rhett was at school on Monday the 12/02/2018 and worked on the weekend. He was feeling well just a bit yellow in the face and a bit tiered. But still his normal self. We have only found out this after a blood test on Monday afternoon. Then 2 hours later we got a phone call telling us to take him to the hospital now. And here we are.
Amanda, Rhett and I are in Perth and Elise is still at home in Hedland.
Amanda and I will be taking day by day to figure out what is happening. At the moment Amanda will be in Perth with Rhett during his treatment.
Other than being with my family I do not know where I will be all the time.
I would like to thank you all for the support and prayers We will need it.
- Gary Benzies
- Palmer Family
- Mathew Jacobs
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