After completing all 3 rounds of chemotherapy remarkably well, and just 7 days shy of being ‘done’ with the process – tragedy struck again… Leukemic cells were found in his spinal fluid… Ryan’s leukemia had relapsed.
It was quickly determined that Ryan’s only chance at life was an unrelated, cord blood, stem cell transplant at Fairview University Medical Center.
“And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us.” (Romans 5, 2-5)
Homecoming after such a long process was such a joy!
Our house was transformed into a pharmacy. Balancing all of the medicines at home was a full time job!
While immuno-suppressed, Ryan battled several bacterial infections, and had to be re-admitted to the hospital 7 times over 5 months. The worst and most serious occasion involved an infection attacking his lungs. He had severe bronchial hemorrhaging, and was forced onto life support.
Due to the damage to his lungs, he needed an oscillating ventilator, and a nitrous oxygen machine.