January 12, 2011 - Eric's leukemia has returned

Hello everyone,

Last week Friday Eric had a bone marrow biopsy, today the results came back positive.  Levels show that 1% of the cells in his blood are blast cells.  His team of physicians at Froedtert are already mounting another massive offensive against it.  Lindsey's lymphocytes will again be harvested and infused into his system (DLI, Donor Lymphocyte Infusion).  They plan on dosing him with 10x more than last time in an effort to induce a graft vs. leukemia effect.  It is unknown yet if they will be using chemotherapy in the fight.  A combination of Decitabine/Mylotarg was used in 2009, and Mylotarg has since been pulled from the market.

Eric was actually scheduled for surgery tomorrow (Jan. 13th) to have a full hip replacement performed on his right hip.  The chemotherapy he's received over the years caused the ball of his femur to weaken and break, and the blood supply has ceased.  This operation has now been cancelled as he will need to be as healthy as possible for the upcoming leukemia treatment.

Eric and his fiancee Cari need your support again now more than ever.  Their wedding date is planned for this coming July 16, 2011.  Please pray for him, give him strength and courage to fight this another time.

Love,
The McLean Family

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  • The reason that these years have been the best is that I think that I might have had a somewhat positive impact on your lives and perhaps your understanding of what cancer is and what it can do, to both those of us that it has personally attacked and those of us who know someone who is going through it. -Eric McLean
  • I just want children to be left with a better life than what I was left with," he said. "I want them to experience the feeling I had in my life when I realized that I really mattered.
    ~ Larry Hisle
  • Realistically, I have two more Olympic cycles in me. I'm not going to let this beat me.  I've gained a lot of strength from you guys, if Eric can fight 5 times over I can overcome this one year of setbacks.
    ~ Chris Solinsky
  • Strange is our situation here upon earth. Each of us comes for a short visit, not knowing why, yet sometimes seeming to divine a purpose. From the standpoint of daily life, however, there is one thing we do know: that man is here for the sake of other men. ~ Albert Einstein
  • Never, never, never give up.
    ~ Winston Churchill
  • I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I've bought a big bat. I'm all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me! ~ Dr. Seuss
  • Once you choose hope, anything's possible.
    ~ Christopher Reeve
  • If you're going through hell, keep going.
    ~ Winston Churchill