So that you get a good idea of what's happening, I'm going to skip way ahead in my narrative. The year was 2009. I was living with my Aunt in Mesa, Arizona at the time. I was working at a Charter School in Gilbert, Arizona. The school was bought out by a group that came from Utah. The school would change from being Eagles Aerie School, to American Leadership Academy.
Prior to the beginning of the 2009-2010 school year, I was called in to my primary doctor's office for some routine blood work. Results of those labs showed that I had a blood disorder. I was then referred to Ironwood Cancer & Research Center in Mesa for further tests; including a Biopsy of the marrow. By September, I was diagnosed with cancer in the marrow. The good news at that time, was that it was at a standstill; & had not spread to any of the vital organs. My Oncologist decided that we should wait & see what this cancer did, so that he would know how best to treat it.
By October, 2011, things took a drastic change. The cancer was at an advanced stage; & had the potential of being aggressive. There was no choice but to begin chemo. The road traveled would not be easy; as there were glitches along the way.
I ended up getting 32 chemo treatments in all. To complicate things, there was the issue of platelets being too low. Normal for them would be in the 150 to 200 range. My numbers would be in the 40 to 50 range, which was low. When those situations occurred, there was no chemo treatment; as I needed a platelet transfusion to build those numbers up. In one instance, the number was down to 3 or 4; which meant I needed a double transfusion. As if that weren't enough, in April, 2012, I had to be hospitalized for a week with a serious case of pneumonia & a lung infection.
With all those things working against me, it would have been so easy to take the "Woe is me" approach. I chose not to do that. This is where positive attitude & an ever abiding faith in one far greater than I, comes in to play. I was able to recover; & complete my treatments by July, 2012. I then took some preventative treatment to keep colds & infections away. I completed that faze in May, 2014. By July I went back to the Cancer Center for a port flush. In September, I saw my Oncologist. We were done with all phases of treatment. By December, 2014, I received, the best possible Christmas present I could have ever hoped for. My Lymphoma in the marrow, was in remission. We were getting ready for Christmas, but in truth, I was celebrating Thanksgiving.
God's healing touch, is so awesome. This was a miracle of miracles! That positivity & faith? That would remain with me. My experiences with cancer, does not end there. There's more to share.
Submitted by Gary Gjerstad