In my last update, I shared that Brandon had been admitted to the hospital for chemotherapy to reduce his white blood cell count. I am happy to report that WE ARE HOME! After two doses of IV chemotherapy and some doctor supervision, Brandon was discharged Thursday night. Thankfully, it was a very uneventful hospital stay. Although Brandon has yet to start another treatment, his white blood cell count and other lab results are stable so they have allowed us back on an outpatient basis.
The treatments that Brandon’s doctors are considering require that he be off immunosuppressant medications for at least 2-4 weeks before starting treatment. Brandon has been off of his transplant immunosuppressants for a week and a half and he has been doing very well. He hasn’t showed any signs or symptoms of graft-verses-host disease, which I am extremely thankful for. Right now Brandon’s doctors are just managing the side effects of his leukemia while they buy more time for him to become eligible for additional treatments. We will be meeting with his leukemia doctor on Wednesday to discuss the next steps.
Brandon and I continue to remain positive and hopeful during this difficult time. We are constantly reminded that we have so much in our lives to be thankful for. Despite his leukemia relapse, we are determined to enjoy every day and see the beauty in everything. We know that God is leading our way and that we are never alone in this journey. I can’t even begin to explain how thankful we are for all the people that have rallied around us since Brandon’s diagnosis. We find comfort in knowing that there will be better days ahead. We will get through this and we will never give up!
This week was extra special, since Brandon and I celebrated our one year wedding anniversary on Tuesday. Despite being in the hospital, we had a wonderful day full of love, laughter, and delicious cake. This past year has been the most difficult, yet most beautiful year of my life. I am so proud of how far we have come. Just days before our wedding, we learned that Brandon’s leukemia had not responded to a second round of chemotherapy. The day we said ‘I do’ there was so much uncertainty about where our future would lead. With our love for each other and our faith in God, we have made it so far. I am astonished when I think back on our journey. We have grown individually, and as a couple, in ways I could have never imagined. Today, there is still uncertainty, but I am sure that together we can overcome anything. I am eternally thankful for my wonderful husband who through it all, continues to light up my life.
Thank you all for your continued love and prayers. We will continue to fight through hard times, strengthened by your support. I will keep everyone updated as we move closer to this next treatment.