Thursday, October 1, 2009

Beating the Odds

Doctors told 28-year-old Nick Glasgow that he had a zero chance of finding a donor match for a stem cell transplant. Nick, who is 1/4 Japanese like my niece and nephew (does that make them half Hapa?), beat the odds and found not one, but two, perfect matches.

He received the donor stem cells in early August and was declared "cancer free" in September. But Nick just learned that he has relapsed. Those same doctors say that he has a zero chance of survival. He is being moved to hospice care.

The odds were overwhelming once. The doctors were wrong once. Let's just hope and pray that they are wrong again.

7 comments:

marinik said...

Hey Susan, missed ya, haven't been coming to your corners lately...
my prayers go out to Nick.... so young.
hope all is well with you, and I think you asked me about the Thai massage place where I go to, it's about time I get that info to you huh... :) it's called Nuch Thai Massage, it's in Hollywood the # is
(323) 644-1739.. enjoy.

Susan C said...

Mari, great to hear from you. And thanks for the # for the Thai message place. Can't wait to experience it.

altadenahiker said...

Gosh, that's heartbreaking.

Jim said...

http://caregiver123.wordpress.com/

Trish said...

btw, Nick passed away, according to his wordpress site.

may his memory be a blessing

Petrea said...

Heartbreaking. Can a person who donated before not donate again?

Susan C said...

I join in mourning the loss of Nick.

Petrea, that's an excellent question. I've known several patients who underwent allo (donor) stem cell transplants, relapsed and then had a second transplant. They do often go back to the original donor.

In some cases, as with Nick, the cancer comes back so fast and so strong that it is out of control and beyond the scope of another transplant.