Friday, November 16, 2007

Peter the Great

Peter is going through the thick of it right now. This is the grand finale, this is where all the heart felt comments and tears need to be pushed into a funnel of positivity. This is when all the prayers and thoughts are building the synergy to get Peter past this point. This is the time for everyone to come together to rally behind Peter. The time is now, you can comment on this page but I really hope that you can take the time to donate a few dollars. Peter's expenses are skyrocketing and if it isn't bad enough to go through something like this, to come out and be in debt for years to come doesn't help. Donate, donate, donate...don't be

From Peters friend Alekist ...

Peter was transferred to Stanford the day we last spoke. He started total body irradiation the next day and received 11 radiation treatments over the course of 4 days. He then got one "rest" day before starting his first dose of industrial strength chemo on 11/10. This was a one day infusion and he got another rest day before starting a second dose of high dose chemo, which was also a one day infusion. This was followed by another rest day, which was also the same day his sister's stem cells got harvested using apheresis. She did a phenomenal job and was able to donate 3 times the number of stem cells the transplant team was hoping to get. Peter got her stem cells transplanted yesterday without too many problems. Now we wait..

So far, there haven't been any serious complications associated with his treatment apart from the expected side effects of high dose chemo and radiation. This includes uncontrollable pain and nausea in addition to a series of other really horrible side effects, but he's staying strong spirited through it all. He knew better than most people what to expect after hearing me talk about my work for the last several years with kids going through radiation, chemo, and transplant, but nothing could ever prepare a person for what he's going through now. Things are expected to get worse for the next week or so before they get better, so we have a bumpy road ahead. Although the odds are stacked against Peter, he and his family and I remain hopeful. We know that if any person could beat the odds, it would be Peter.

Peter's body is still being attacked by the chemo and radiation, and possibly soon from his sister's cells, so he's unfortunately too sick to have visitors at the moment. However, I will keep you posted and will let you know as soon as he begins recovering and is ready for visitors again.

We are all thinking about you Peter and we look forward to hanging out, riding bikes and talking shop. We'll see you real soon.

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