Lisy’s Battle with Leukemia


My blog started as a journal of my wife’s battle with leukemia. I’ve always loved writing and used it as a way to get my feelings and/or frustrations out of my heart and head and onto something else. I started the journal, “Lisy’s Battle with Leukemia” two days after my wife was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. These are the posts I’ve written throughout her journey.

Like a ton of bricks – April 9, 2005

Life comes to a halt with my wife’s diagnosis of cancer.

Support – April 12, 2005

I become amazed by the support we receive.

Worried – April 13, 2005

One week into her battle, I’m a little concerned.

‘Her Recovery Is In Doubt’ – April 14, 2005

A letter from the doctor gives us a little unwanted fear.

Providence – April 15, 2005

I reflect on the hospital that has become our new home.

My Little Hero – April 16, 2005

The biggest hero in this whole ordeal was the littlest person involved, our 6-month-old Lukas.

AML – Attacking My Lisy – April 20, 2005

My emotions are high as Lis battles through her third week of treatment.

A Most Depressing Day – April 21, 2005

And my emotions hit bottom as Lis fights infections, I battle with work, health insurance and more.

At the Car Wash – April 23, 2005

Lis’ coworker puts on a car wash fundraiser for us, and my brothers, best friend, grandparents, parents and me put in some hard work to raise money. Looking back at it, I think this is one of the days that forever changed my life for the better. To see the support that people will give you.

My Bald Beauty – April 24, 2005

Tired of watching her hair fall out, Lis, with two clumps of hair in her hands, demands that we shave it off.

Tomorrow is THE Day – April 25, 2005

We find out if Lis is in remission – tomorrow!

Remission! – April 26, 2005

I get to celebrate Lis’ remission diagnosis – at work!

Sleepy Girl – April 28, 2005

Though Lis is in remission, her battle doesn’t end.

She’s Back! – April 30, 2005

After three days of being completely out of it, Lis returns in style, doped up and with a great sense of humor.

Mentally Exhausted – May 3, 2005

I’m ‘fine’, at least that’s what I tell people even though I’m exhausted and Lis is back to sleeping 20 hours a day, and still fighting infections.

Alone Again – May 5, 2005

For the first time in a month, Lis has no tubes or wires or drugs attached to her body.

Welcome Home – May 7, 2005

Lis is released from the hospital, and for the first time in a month she gets to breath fresh air.

Mother’s Day – May 9, 2006

Lis celebrates her first Mother’s Day.

First Appointment – May 11, 2005

Lis has her first appointment and she’s doing GREAT!

The Force is Strong With Us – May 18, 2005

Lis doesn’t need a bone marrow transplant after all! Blessings!

A Trip to Lynden – May 21, 2005

My blog is featured on MSN’s “What’s Your Story?” for the first time, and just like that I have a “following” of people looking at our story for inspiration. In other news … we took a trip to Lynden.

My Work Situation – June 10, 2005

Ugh … I don’t have many life regrets, but this was one of them. I turn down a job at a travel website, where I’d be writing about travel packages, and decide to stay in the insurance industry, for less money, less benefits, and with false hope (and advice) that I’d eventually take over the agency. I’m a believe that everything happens for a reason, but this one still stings.

A Reunion of Sorts – June 13, 2005

Lis returns to the hospital – and to room 707 – for another round of chemo.

Round 2 Ends – June 16, 2005

Lis’ second round of chemo ends … and her work makes the decision to terminate her after her leave.

The Island and the Birdie – June 18, 2005

So dumb! We decide to help my parents clean up their germ-infested island days after Lis’ release from chemo treatment.

A Slight Scare – June 23, 2005

No mention of me getting talked to from the doctor, but we do have a scary time in our return to the hospital.

O’ Mother, Where Art Thou? – June 26, 2005

Lis’ infections are so bad that they keep her away from our infant son.

The Catheter is Out – for now! – July 22, 2005

Thanks to a clogged catheter, Lis has it removed – temporarily.

Her Final Weekend of Freedom – July 31, 2005

We have our first weekend together – alone – for the first time in months, and Lis enjoys her final weekend before a new port gets inserted into her body.

The Prince of 7A – August 4, 2005

Turns out Lukas does more than just cheer up his parents, he cheers up the entire seventh floor of the hospital.

Does Anyone Have a Giant Bubble? – August 12, 2005

Another infection strikes Lis, but thankfully she gets to go to our local hospital … or not.

Why Am I Here? – August 12-14, 2005

Always a fun read. Lis receives treatment at our local hospital and leaves the hospital in worst shape than she was in when she walked in.

Hooray…She’s Okay! – August 18, 2005

Lis is okay!

Thank You! – September 15, 2005

When you deal with situations like these you learn to live a better life.

Neutropenic – September 23, 2005

Oh another word to add to our vocabulary!

Goodbye Chemo! Thank You for Your Hard Work! – October 28, 2005

Seven months later and the last drop of chemo drips into Lis’ body.

Certificate of Achievement – November 11, 2005

Lis’ doctor awards her with a certificate – and some very kind words.

Our Christmas Wish Granted – December 7, 2005

I write a letter to a local radio station and Warm 106.9 and syndicated radio host Delilah grant our Christmas Wish.

I’m a Worry Wart – January 26, 2006

Life is going good, so why am I still worried?

Waiting for the Call – January 30, 2006

Lis’ cells are down again, so now we just wait.

A Year Ago Today – April 7, 2006

Reflecting back on the events of last year.

Aftershocks of Cancer – October 9, 2006

Life after cancer is a bit different. Here are some of the “aftershocks” of the battle.

Good News from the Doc – February 8, 2007

The Doc gives us the greenlight to make babies.

Three Years Ago … – April 7, 2008

We look back at three years ago.

Five Years Later – April 7, 2010

The ever-important fifth year!

Reflecting Back on Six Years – April 7, 2011

Sensing a pattern?

I Relay For … – June 2, 2011

All the reasons I bust my butt for the ACS Relay For Life.

Third Nipple Out! – December 28, 2011

That port that was supposed to stay there indefinitely … it’s out!

Thinking Back on Seven Years Ago – April 7, 2012

Life is hectic, so sometimes you need one of those days that make you think, “Remember when…”

Pausing and Reflecting on Eight Years Ago – April 7, 2013

And life is even more hectic, so it’s time to pause and reflect.

Songs in the Key of Life: Rascal Flatts’ “Skin (Sarabeth)” – April 7, 2014

I use Rascal Flatts’ “Skin (Sarabeth)” to look back at the day Lis was diagnosed.

Concern Level: Zero – November 12, 2014

Lis has another cancer scare, and the results are in!

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