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Gregory's odyssey with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia.

4 September 1971
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Thanks for stopping by!  Gregory is four years old and undergoing an Odyssey with  Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia.  JMML is an extremely rare leukemia, which affects Gregory's production of healthy platelets, red cells and white cells.  Basically his entire blood producing system.  Our Odyssey began on February 23rd when he was admitted for flu symptoms and dehydration.  We are currently in Seattle, WA under the care of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA).  Gregory's only course of treatment is a Bone Marrow Transplant, also known as a Hemotopoietic Stem Cell Transplant (HSCT).  On April 21st we received that magic phone call, notifying us of a perfect 10/10 transplant match.  We arrived in Seattle on Monday, May 11. We were admitted to Seattle Children's on Monday June 1, to begin pre-transplant conditioning.  (AKA:  Heavy Duty Chemo).  Gregory's transplant began at 4:10am on Thursday June 11, 2009.  We were discharged after nine long/short weeks.  We are out-patient in Seattle and hope to be HomeHome by the end of September.  After a minor set-back, we were able to return to the Spokane area on Sunday, October 11.  Gregory and I are staying at our family's place on the water, for a few weeks.  The house is not quite ready and we want to be sure that the siblings are well.  We will be returning home, soon.

Whew!  We finally moved back HomeHome in August of 2010.  Gregory is still undergoing treatment for Graft Versus Host and this could continue for years to come.  Trying to teach his new Immune System to not destroy his body.

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Thank you to everyone who has/will touch our lives.  Everyone of you will forever be a part of our families history. 

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