[MOL] Update on Tommy [01005] Medicine On Line

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[MOL] Update on Tommy

Hello all,

It has been a while since I've sent an update, but we now have some really 
good news to share.  For those of you who are new, my nephew Tommy (age 24) 
was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Sept. of 1999.  At that point he 
went through a 21 day course of intensive chemotherapy.  He had multiple 
symptoms including tumors, blood clots and other complications which have 
kept him bouncing in and out (mostly in) the hospital for the better part of 
the past 4 months.

Although he wasn't in full remission after the first round of chemo, he did 
go into remission after being released from the hospital, about 8 weeks after 
the initial diagnosis.  He's been through one additional round of 
consolidation chemo.  Some miscellaneous infections and one very serious 
fungus infection hospitalized him for another coupld of weeks in January. 

They got the call late last week that a bone marrow donor match had been 
found!  As you can imagine we are on cloud nine!

It will take 8-12 weeks for them to get him into shape for the transplant, 
but the good news is I think they will be able to link the radiation 
treatments he needs for the tumors with the full body radiation they do as 
part of the prep. for the transplant.  

We all know this is a roller coaster ride, and right now things are looking 
up.  Thank you to everyone on this wonderful forum for all the love and 
support you've given us .  Our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you 
too make this journey.

Your friend,  Kathy Q.
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