First round of consolidation chemo

Long time no talkie!

Almost 5 weeks ago I finished my 25 days in UCLA and came home. That was just after being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It was a rough month of ups and downs. When we got home we immediately sought about getting back into our routine. It was wonderful to be with the kids again, and to sleep in my own bed.

Guess what this is? It's the face of a dude just released from the hospital!  My numbers were so good this morning, that my attending decided to send me home, TODAY!!! We're packing up all our accumulated crap and preparing for the lengthy discharge instr

Since then I’ve been back down to UCLA for a few clinic visits, and another bone marrow biopsy.

I’m also in remission!

However, assuming I remain in remission, I still have 3 rounds of chemotherapy ahead of me. That’s where we’re at now. Tomorrow morning Deanna and I hit the road to UCLA again, for my first round of what is called consolidation chemo. I’ll be there a week, for the treatment. Then they send me home for some rest. Then I’m back for 2 weeks as my body reacts to the chemo and slowly recovers.

This 4 week process is one round, and I got 2 more after this first one.

So, I’m excited to move forward, but a little fearful as well. The chemo treatments will be smaller in number, but stronger in dosage. From what I’ve read that means I may experience the side effects a little more intensely. All along I’ve known that each round of chemo often intensifies. So I’m skittish about the idea of being sick through this.

Our kids will be at home, with my parents keeping their routine going, which we’re quite thankful for! But being away from them will probably be tough again.

Thank you all for your continued support and prayer.

“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

It is often through a struggle that we are made stronger. It is my desire to not elevate myself, but glorify God. He has blessed me these past few weeks at home, with a sense of normalcy and comfort. I’ve even been allowed to ride my bike. Just this morning I enjoyed a satisfying 25 mile ride with 3 brothers who were great company.

I LOVE CYCLING!

Thank you for your friendship. I’ll check in again, after I get settled back at UCLA.

Gorgeous sky this morning, when I set out on my last ride, before heading back to UCLA. #CyclingTherapy #DidntCostADime

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Author: TREVOR

Leukemia survivor. Son of The Most High. Father. Man.

7 thoughts on “First round of consolidation chemo”

  1. Thank you for the update and we are keeping you in our daily prayers, Congratulations!! Doug and Linda Anderson

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  2. So happy to see you doing so well and to hear about your time at home. The prayers will continue to flow to you and your family throughout this journey. Thank you for taking time to keep us updated. Always (your dad’s hairdresser) Sandi

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  3. Thank you for keeping us updated. Our prayers are without ceasing for you as well as the family. We love you Trevor and are right here with whatever you need.

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  4. You are doing all the right things and have been a good patient. You are on the front lines and are not only taking good care to follow the doctor’s orders, but are allowing God to be the pilot on this journey. Your family is very proud of you and you are setting a good example of how to deal with life’s challenges. Keep it up!

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  5. My prayers and good wishes for you as you go forward. I’ve always heard attitude plays a key role as well. Susan’s dad had acute leukemia and left us within a month of diagnosis. Whenever I hear that word, though there are different kinds, my thoughts are always for healing for those dealing with it. Sounds like the medical report is good going forward but some tough days as well. Be well my friend.
    Robert Langley

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