Thursday, January 24, 2013

Good Evening Everyone,

These past few days have been very restful for my dad. On Monday my family and I went up to Duluth for a day trip. My dad drove the entire way there and back. We got some of our favorite smoked salmon and went shopping in canal park. I haven't seen my dad that happy in a long time! Next week on Tuesday my mom and dad will be going down to the Mayo for a consultation and the U of M will come later in the week. Because organization has been an issue between Methodist and the possibilities for the transplant, we aren't sure when he will have to go. Another thing that has come to my attention is that I haven't specified what kind of a transplant my dad will be getting. With leukemia being a cancer of the blood there are usually two options for a transplant. There is a bone marrow transplant, and a stem cell transplant. My dad will be getting a stem cell transplant. This procedure is just like getting a transfusion but it will talk so long because he has to receive chemo and radiation, wiping out his entire immune system. I hope this helped clear things up:) Thank you for your love and support!
~Laura Katchmark

Friday, January 18, 2013


Good Evening!

The bone marrow test results are in and the news is wonderful!!! My dad has passed with flying colors:) He is feeling great and is getting ready for the transplant that will most likely begin in a week. My Mom and Dad still have to decide between the Mayo clinic or the University of Minnesota for the transplant but once that is settled then my dad will move in right away. Thank you for all of your prayers and support! It has kept us going everyday!
~Laura Katchmark

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Bone Marrow Test

Good Evening Everyone

I do apologize for not writing more often but there hasn't been anything to update on! Everything is going really well here at home. Its so nice to have my dad back in the house! He has gained about ten pounds since he left the hospital and today he had a bone marrow test. He isn't in pain as of now but he said once his medication wears off he will be a bit sore for a few days. We should get the results of the test back on Friday. I will post then and let you all know what the outcome is. If there is little to no cancer in his body he will go to do his transplant, and that is what we are hoping for! As always thank you for your continuous love and support!  ~Laura Katchmark

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


Good Evening Everyone,
Things have been busy ever since my dad got home. He is healing both mentally and physically! Some who know my dad could agree that he has a laugh that is infectious! It has been filling the house everyday and we are all relived to know that his spirits have lightened. His counts have also sky rocketed! He is no longer neutropenic! This means that very soon he will be getting an all clear bone marrow test to make sure his cancer is still in remission. If he is still in remission then he will most likely go to the Mayo Clinic for his transplant. The lesson that i'm learning through this experience is that we just have to take things one step at a time however, and right now things are going well. Please keep my dad in your thoughts and prayers! Thank you for your support and love.
~Laura Katchmark
This doesn't just apply to family but to friends and those who have supported us from the start. 

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Going Good

Good Evening Everyone,
These last two days have been such a relief. My dad is doing very well here at home. He feels very peaceful and has been eating everything in sight. His goal is to gain weight before the next round. Being a family again made me realize just how wonderful my dad is. He is such a big part of my life and I couldn't have asked for anyone better. Thank you all so much for your support and love. I truthfully believe that things wouldn't have gone as well without that. As for a few more bits of info about my dad, he has a doctor appointment every other day to get his blood drawn and test where his counts are at. His white blood count is now up to 2.3. More importantly however is his ANC or Absolute Neutrophil Count. This count is supposed to be between 2 to 6.8 for a healthy person but my dad's count is at 1.3. The good news is that it jumped from 0.9 to 1.3 in one day! That is all the information we have right now!
~Laura Katchmark