Albert Saladin's Angels
He is my brother from another mother... An amazing Son, Husband, Father, Brother and friend. Albert Saladin is presently battling Accute Myeloid Leukemia (AML) for the next 6 months or so making it impossible for him to work. If you find it in your heart to give, every little bit will be greatly appreciated. On behalf of the Saladin Family I thank you and may God bless all of you. -
El es el hermano que me dio la vida. Un hijo, esposo, padre, hermano y amigo EJEMPLAR. Albert Saladin se encuentra actualmente batallando Leucemia Mieloide Aguda (AML) imposibilitandole integrarse a sus labores en los próximos 6 meses. Si el deseo de extender tu ayuda nace desde tu corazón, no importa la cantidad porque cada granito cuenta grandemente. En nombre de la Familia Saladin, les extiendo las gracias y que Dios los bendiga a todos.
The leukemia has relapsed. A week short of the 100 days after transplant day benchmark, when your doctor is supposed to tell you that it's an official success, I got the opposite news: cancer started to show again in my labs.
There is still a battle going on inside of me with the new bone marrow and stubborn residual mutations but it doesn't look good.
My doctor at Sylvester in Miami designed a new treatment with a novel drug combination as the best option.
We all agreed to give the top hospital in the nation a chance to explore additional options they may have in clinical trials that may not be available anywhere else.
Before I knew it, I was flying to Houston to visit MD Anderson. It was a logistics chaos as there was a possibility that they would want to, if available, start treatment right away. We had to leave everything settled for a long time away from home. So many moving pieces it really was overwhelming.
I told my wife: "We're going to Houston for our Valentine's dinner and we are probably spending my birthday there too." We spent the week in Houston, or basically at the hospital, doing tests and multiple appointments with the team there.
In a very few words, the good doctors at MD Anderson concluded that the Sylvester therapy plan was the best option at this time so we flew back to Miami over the weekend.
We are now waiting to get admitted back into Sylvester to start the whole process again.
I'm tired, my body is tired. My soul is strong. What we originally thought it would be a 6 months has turned to in well over a year and now we don't know.
Vilma, the kids and I are very thankful to all of you and ask you to please keep your prayers and thoughts going and we will continue our commitment to all of you to keep fighting. We love you all.
I have no idea how my orchids are doing, I haven't stepped out to my backyard. I guess we'll have to wait until the next update.
As tough as that was, it cleared the leukemia enough to once again, set me up for bone marrow transplant. You think chemo is tough? Transplant is tougher. I am now slowly recovering but I am light years from where I was 3 months back.
I'm typing this in front of one of my bloomed orchids pondering on life and hoping to get back to work soon. It's been well over a year.
Your love and support has been one of the biggest motivators to fight and never consider quitting an option. It has carried me this far. The hair is finally starting to grow but what the heck, I've been told I have a good head for bald.
Thank you, and thank you to my wife who has been my 24/7/365+ caregiver. I pray that none of you has to endure this, but if you do, I hope you have a Vilma Saladin by your side. Just to keep track of 30 pills a day is a part time job. I love you dear.
My daughter Laura who flew in from New York multiple times to be with us on important days.
Finally, the bigest thank you to God, St Jude, Divino Niño and the Virgin of Guadeloupe.
I am now cancer free 100% per my most recent biopsy, with a new bone marrow donated by my son Victor. He called it Mangú Marrow. El cangrejo no vuelve.
Stick around, there's more to come.
All my love and wishes for Salud to all of you.
Yeah, in today’s fast lane counting 200 of anything is a lot. When I reflect back to 200 days ago (that’s 6 months and 19 days), I was playing golf with my brother Francis the before getting admitted to treat Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). He came down to visit for Thanksgiving. He’s come down once again this week with his beautiful daughter Isabelle for a surprise visit. He knew I was scheduled to get admitted to begin the Bone Marrow Transplant process this Monday, Jun 12th at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Let me take you back a couple days: This past Friday, I went in to sign consents as the last step of a long, long, long process in preparation for a Bone Marrow Transplant, necessary for me to get healed.
Back in January we started the matching process. My siblings were not matches and of course, that re-sparked my sister Marie’s childhood evil comment reminding me that my parents had found me abandoned in a dumpster.
So, my transplant doctor went to search the Bone Marrow Donor Registry. We had two good donors with 9 of 10 matches on the Registry and the process began get their screenings along with all their information. Dr Goodman also suggested we screen my kids. There’s enough new evidence that using your children as donors (half matches) have returned very good results. These are known as Haploidentical Stem Cell Transplants.
Almost simultaneously, we got the results from the Registry donors and my kids. Well folks, I can now say to my kids with 100% certainty and in the words of Adam Sandler: “Yo Soy Tu Papá”.
The time came to make a decision and in my case, the Registry donors had issues so we ended up choosing my son Victor as the donor for my transplant. Victor had a few more tests to do and while that was happening, he graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. I was fortunate to attend the ceremony.
I have to take this opportunity to tell you to not wait and register now: https://bethematch.org/
Back to Friday. Results from the last biopsy (The Doctor insisted on doing another one closer to the procedure) still weren’t in but we were all very optimistic as the last two had shown very favorable levels.
Dr. Goodman confirms that we are good to go starting on Monday Jun 12th and sent us home to wait for his call as final confirmation once the result came back. So I got his call and Cancer is back.
You all probably swallowed hard just as I did that moment. Now, let’s take a step back and analyze this: So far, everything has been working out, with its ups and downs here and there but in general certainly not the worst case. In fact, I have seen and experienced so much love, even from strangers, that the amazement continues to motor me through this ordeal. I am committed to you all to get through this.
I will have another round of high dose chemo this week so I still will be admitted and hospitalized for a few weeks. The transplant will be re-evaluated after that. We’ll see who’s tougher then.
“If life gives you lemons, make a margarita”. Salud !!!
Thank you for your prayers and support. Little did I know this was going to be such a long process and still the hardest part is yet to come so I'll keep praying for you too. You are my angels indeed.
pd: the orchids are doing awesome !!!
It has been a while since I updated you and a lot has happened. 5 Days after that last update, I was sent home with a lot of fair warnings telling me what to do in any possible situation. Basically they all pointed to "Go straight to ER" immediately.
And that day, for those of you who read the last update, the Lord smiled at me when I got home in so many ways but the clearest one was answering my closing line in that update: my orchids were fully bloomed !!!
I go back to the hospital at least a couple times a week for multiple tests and doctors appointments.
In between then and now, I got the news from my doctors and blessing that I was in remission. God listens and He listened to you. Thank you.
Next, I was to undergo further chemo. They call it Consolidation and it happens about once a month until transplant to keep me in remission. So on February 13th, I was admitted to room 213 (pretty cool, huh?) for a week of High Density Chemo. That went fairly well. A couple weeks later, I got the opportunity to participate in my cousin’s daughter’s wedding. It was a very big family event, with relatives flying from 4 countries and 200 guests. To top it off, my daughter Laura was in the bridal party walking the wedding and she flew from Brooklyn for a few days. She looked so beautiful and happy. That morning she got a call for a job offer, her dream job. So many good things are happening to that girl lately. Closing many hard episodes and simultaneously opening new promising milestones. But she is all that, and then some.
In March, one of the possible warnings the doctor mentioned decided to show face as a fever and landed me in the emergency room, keeping me hospitalized for a week.
Towards the end of the month I had my appointment with the transplant doctor and again, God must have a plan because there is not one, but two good matches in the Bone Marrow Registry. The process is complex as it is long. I take this opportunity to encourage everyone reading to make it a priority to sign up to save a life and register: www.bethematch.org
As of now, we do not have a definitive timeline. Let the process take its due course.
However, if you’re keeping track, you would probably be asking, “aren’t you due another Consolidation by now?” You guessed it. Just today I was discharged from another week at Sylvester Cancer Center for yet another round of High Density Chemo. There were a couple of rough days this time in the middle of the therapy, but I feel much better now. Hopefully this time when my levels go down as consequence of the chemo, and they will, the side effects will not be too bad.
Next on the agenda, continue my 2 to 3 visits to the hospital for tests and doctors visits until transplant.
While this update was more factual than the previous one, I wanted all of you who have been so supportive to have a very realistic picture of what has transpired.
Not that wonderful experiences stopped showing me how beautiful life is, how God is present in everything every day, how important love is to all of us and how grateful I am to all of you for that love, support, prayers, good vibes, messages and calls.
My orchids are still beautiful. God Winks.
I remain in your love, until next time.
Cuenta conmigo. Oraciones han sido enviadas desde hace muchos días. Seguimos en pie y "pelando rodillas" como tú dices Marlene. Todo lo que dices de Albert es cierto... Quien lo conoce lo ama. Señor, recuerda que Albert te ama y su familia también. Yo te agradezco por la sanidad que has puesto en su cuerpo. En el Nombre de Jesus... Amén!!!
Mi querido Albie Qué alegría me da saber que todo está caminando en orden divino para ti continuaremos en pie de lucha orando Siempre para que papá Dios mantenga esa sonrisa esa dulzura en tu mirada y ese rostro noble que siempre te han caracterizado ❤️ Te queremos mucho bendiciones infinitas para ti !!! tu familia de Santo Domingo❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
My friend, Lorena told me you were with super great spirits when she visited you last night, and that is key! You will get through this and it will just be a thing from the past, soon. I will go visit you soon and I am so glad you have so much love and support... Love u!
Hermano, Soo proud of you! God has blessed me with your friendship over the years and for that I'm grateful. Prayer works... I know it full well. And you have so many people praying for you!! He is working amazing miracles in you and they are already apparent. You will come out of this stronger. You already are!Dios te bendiga a ti, a Vilma y a los niños. Los quiero mucho. Monica (Chispito) "Humanly speaking it is impossible. But with God, everything is possible." (Matthew 19:26)
Beautiful words Albert!! I agree, being thankful is one of the biggest blessing we can have in our lives. It changes the perspective of everything that's happens to us and for us. Being grateful for what is and understanding that God has sent us obstacles for a specific reason. Clearly, the way you are sharing your story, tells me that you are here for something bigger than you ever imagined. You are a voice of hope for so many going through difficulty. Un gran abrazo Ps Albert, me gustaría enviarte un libro más. Adonde te lo puedo mandar?
No lo conozco personalmente, pero siempre he pensado que las personas que atraviesan estás experiencias son seres especiales y que Dios tiene un propósito. Debe ser bien fuerte, estás en mis oraciones, Dios te bendiga❤️