About two weeks ago, I received a phone call from my Mom.
She said “Kate, I have some bad news. . . Dad has leukemia.”
I think my world stopped.
My first response was “Dad? My Dad?”
And then tears.
My Dad has been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It is a rare and aggressive form of blood cancer, so fast-moving that the doctors said if he had gone in 2 weeks ago it might not have shown up. He will require chemo, which has already begun, and a hospital stay of at least 4 weeks to minimize the risk of infection. He will also need a bone marrow transplant.
We are encouraged that he is young (only 58) and in good shape (remember that he is my running buddy!) and relatively healthy, according to the doctors, and thus a step ahead in terms of fighting this disease.
So, needless to say life has been a whirlwind lately.
This blog has always been about sharing my life. And this is a huge part of my life right now.
But, I won’t be sharing routine updates here. Our family has started a Caring Bridge site for Dad (Team Tom!), so if you are family or a close friend and want to read daily updates, that will be the place to go for information.
Thank you in advance for your prayers, positive thoughts and support.