Saturday, September 3, 2016 was a day that changed my life forever. It just happened to be the day before my 46th birthday and my wife and I were at NRG Stadium watching the college season opener for our favorite team, Oklahoma Sooners. Before halftime my doctor called and left me a voicemail message stating, “get to the nearest emergency room, you have extremely low platelets and are in critical condition.” We rushed out of the stadium, leaving our 50 yard line seats, to grab a taxi and rush to Memorial Hermann. While in the ER the doctors, nurses and staff were joking with us because we were wearing our Sooner shirts. They started running test immediately and within an hour the doctor that had previously been joking with us came in with a long and very serious face and said the words no one is prepared to hear. He said "you have cancer... It’s leukemia. More test will be run to determine the type." It was a few days later that is was determined to be Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Fast forward two years since my diagnosis: 99 days have been spend over night in the hospital. More than 65 rounds of chemo, 4 emergency room visits, 80+blood and platelet transfusions, 9 rounds of radiation, 19 rounds of photopheresis, 12 bone marrow tests, too many blood test and trips to MD Anderson to count and a life saving stem cell transplant. There have been a few detours and at times I felt derailed along this journey, but I have never fought this battle alone. The love of my life has been by my side and provided constant care during the toughest times. It’s because of her and the continued support of our family and friends that we have never given up hope and have steadfast faith in God.
We were told that this journey would be a marathon and not a sprint. It’s our hope that through this event we can somehow help others that are dealing with blood cancers such as Leukemia & Lymphoma.
Thank you for believing in and supporting a cause that has changed our lives tremendously. We are thankful and truly blessed. Please come out to honor Bryan Fennell and his fight against Leukemia by supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.