Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Hello everyone,

Today is November 20th. My mom and I decided to start this blog to keep all of the people who care about my Dad informed about his journey. For those of you who aren't familiar with cancer, my dad has Acute Myelogenous Leukemia. This is a cancer found in the blood. He was diagnosed on November 2nd and has been in the hospital since. He has already gone through one round (seven days) of chemotherapy. Today he got the results back from a second bone marrow test. This test showed that his cell count in his bone marrow had been reduced from 90% to 50% (which is good) but the amount of blast cells (cancer cells) didn't decrease. Think of it as salt in boiling water. As the water evaporates the salt remains, which is what is happening with my Dad. He will have to remain at the hospital for another week of chemo and another two weeks for side effects, but hopefully he will go into remission. Remission is the process in which the blast cells decrease to a "safe level." When he gets into remission he is able to get a bone marrow transplant! Thank you for all of your support and love! All we can ask for is a successful recovery. If you would like to write or visit my Dad he is at Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park. He is on the fourth floor in room ten! We will post all updates on this blog! Feel free to post questions at any time. We will do our best to answer them!
~Laura Katchmark

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