Last November, while joyfully planning their upcoming nuptials, Doug and Maria received news no person wants to hear. Doug was diagnosed with Mantle Cell Lymphoma, a rare and incurable blood cancer. But, the prognosis is still hopeful, and Doug plans to live for a long time to come.
The team of doctors immediately went to work to come up with the best treatment plan possible to allow for an optimal period of remission. From January through March, Doug received 3 cycles of outpatient chemotherapy. After taking a short break in early April to celebrate a beautiful and intimate wedding with family and friends, Doug is now currently in phase 2, consisting of 3 cycles of a more severe type of chemo, requiring inpatient care. To consolidate these efforts, Doug will undergo a Stem Cell Transplant in late June/early July for the final phase of the plan. Thus far, Doug has responded well to the treatment but it is absolutely critical to follow through with all phases to hopefully avoid relapse for at least 5 -10 years!
July 11, 2017
The team of doctors responsible for Doug’s treatment let him have an extended rest between his last cycles of chemo. He received the third cycle of outpatient chemo around Memorial Day. We had a consultation with the specialist in mid June to discuss apheresis, which will remove stem cells from Doug’s body; that will start next week. And, in the last week of this month, he will be admitted for 5 days of chemo, followed by a stem cell transplant and 2 weeks of recovery.
Doug has said he feels nearly as strong as he did before his first cycle of chemo in January. He is in good spirits, and has enjoyed spending some of the free time with his family. During this break, Doug and I were able to travel and visit some family. In mid June, we went to Pittsburgh; then, to the Jersey shore the following week; and, to the Cape to see Doug’s parents and sisters (one visiting from Spain) during the 4th holiday.
May 12, 2017
Doug has now received two cycles of inpatient chemo. The first was in mid April, the week after the wedding. And the second was the first week of May. He will be receiving the final cycle around Memorial Day.
So far, he is responding well, though this chemo has some challenges since the drug is more intense, and has stronger side effects (i.e. nausea, fatigue). Thus, Doug is taking more time to rest, and not work as much.
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June 1, 2017
Sending prayers and thoughts of strength. The Hedges family (Medfield MA)
June 1, 2017
Doug, stay strong. You are one of the sweetest and kindest people I know. We will be thinking of you every day.
June 1, 2017
Sending positive thoughts and wishing you strength and healing, Doug.
Allison (Wolfe) Moreau
May 27, 2017
Stay strong Doug! Sending you all our love and prayers, The McNamaras (Gina and Lyle's friends in Medway)