5th Year Anniversary

In 2008, I was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia.  I was told my singular option for survival was a bone marrow transplant.  I received the transplant in November, 2008; 5 years ago now.  I met terrific friends through that experience; doctors, nurses, other patients and, of course, Isabel my donor from Germany.  For years, my patient friends…

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Words of Hope – FLAM

Sept 2, 2008 August 2008 was one of many difficult months, I had begun my 2nd round of treatment after my relapse.  I needed an experimental chemo treatment called FLAM to achieve my first remission.  FLAM was a difficult experience.  Because I had relapsed, I needed a different treatment and had to start the whole…

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Words of Hope – 24 Days in the Hole

June 24th, 2008: Sorry for the long lag in posts.  The lag in time coincides with many long, boring days in the hospital recovering.  I was released from the hospital after spending 24 days inpatient from May 27th through June 19th.  Those 24 days were chock full of little issues; fevers, rashes, GI issues, etc…  I…

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Words of Hope – Hotel Johns Hopkins

June 7th 2008: I just finished my first round or “induction round” of chemotherapy. It was a cocktail of 3 different types of chemo in various doses, spread over 8 days. The only name I remember is Cytarabine. The reason I can remember it is because of the nickname it has, Cy-terrible. This is because…

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Words of Hope – My Son is Born

May 20th, 2013: Today my youngest son, Joseph, turns 5.  A tradition is to measure the kids in the door jam on their birthdate.  Joey is less than a 1/4 inch shorter than Ian was at 5 years.  Aside from being polar opposites, they were the same height at 5 years old. I was diagnosed with Leukemia on May…

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Words of Hope: Erik's Story – Reflecting on May 12, 2008

After struggling with extreme fatigue for about 5 months, I fired one doctor for another, under went cardio stress tests and pulmonary lung function tests, everything came back negative. Finally on a lovely Friday afternoon in May, I couldn’t take it any more. I was so exhausted I was about to pass out. I went…

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Heroes Updates

Mission: To restore hope to Leukemia patients and their families by increasing bone marrow registrants, providing nutritious meals, and supporting blood cancer research. Thank you for visiting the There Goes My Hero blog. A near goal of There Goes My Hero is to broaden our exposure and introduce our mission to new groups of people…

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