On this weekend as we celebrate the Sacrament of Healing of the Sick, we would like to update you on the status of these two young men with whom we have most recently been involved in their healing journeys.
MIKE’S FIGHT Update: Mike Walters
Mike had a recurrence of his leukemia in the beginning of 2014. At that time it was determined the only option was a stem cell transplant. After testing of family didn’t yield a viable donor, an anonymous donor was found. Mike received his transplant on May 22, 2014 Mike did extremely well and the transplant has been deemed a success!
As with any transplant there can and usually are complications. One such complication is Graft versus host disease. Mike has been diagnosed with chronic host versus graft disease. This is when the newly transplanted cells view the recipient’s body as foreign and begin to attack his body. He suffers from weight loss, dry eyes, and some shortness of breath. Because of the transplant, Mike had to receive all of his childhood immunizations all over again. Since he was in the midst of these immunizations during flu season, he was not able to receive a flu vaccine. As a result he had to practically hibernate due to risk of infections. During the first 100 days after his transplant, Mike was not allowed to be around his children due to the risk of infections that come along with children who are in school and daycare. We remain hopeful that Mike will continue to progress and remain strong in this on-going battle. Mike is grateful for all of the prayers and well wishes he has received.
SETHSTRONG Update: Seth Buddai