Well about Dec 8, 2016 I was diagnosed with Acute ALL Leukemia Philadelphia Positive.
Filed two new claims one for exposure to Camp Jejune Contaminated Drinking water and exposure to Agent Orange boots on the ground.
The VA can' treat me I am a 100% disabled vet of many years so fast tracked under the choice program being treated at Hershey Medical Center Cancer unit.
Been placed on Sprycel for a month now had allot of blood and platelet transfusions. Currently they think I may be in remission. I get a new bone marrow test Feb 3rd to find out.
My older brother is an exact bone marrow donor for me he will be coming here Feb 8th for his physical to see if he can donate if so looks like around Feb 25th they will do the stem cell transplant on me.
VA Claims for service connection not sure what is up with them I did write my senator he is trying to fast track them. Even though I am a 100% disabled vet of many years because the Leukemia is not SC they will not pay for the care up to the transplant, or the transplant or care after. So since I was exposed to Camp Jejune water and Agent Orange both are to be auto service connected is you get Acute Leukemia but still waiting to hear about my new VA claims for these.
Sure hope they get approved before long as I am running out of time.
When this 1st started they miss diagnosed me and started the wrong treatment but then got my on the right treatment.
Been allot of ups and down hard on my pro wife sure glad it is me going through this and not her. I plan to beat this and know the stem cell transplant is going to be rough but one day at a time brother and I will make it. Not ready to check out yet have to watch my gramdkids get a little older and spend more time with my family.
So I have been going to out patient treatments 3 times a week but will go back into the hospital for maybe up to a month for the stem cell transplant. So need prayers that this one shot at the stem cell transplant takes hold. First 100 days after critical then can be up to two years till the new bone marrow is completely taken over I hope.One day at a time and I will beat this new war.