Sorry for the long blog, but we need to get this off our chest.
So back in 2016 my husband Travis was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia (AML) and since being diagnosed with this horrible blood cancer our life has been the most difficult it could be. We have been through hell and back and still going through hell right now. So when Travis was told he had AML he had to have a lot of treatment and tests which included receiving chemotherapy (to destroy and break down all the leukaemic cells in his blood), stomach injections (to help his immune system slowly recovery from the chemotherapy) blood tests daily (to see what was happening in his blood and to make sure that the cancer isn’t coming back) and infusions (to help with the stomach injections to bring all his recovery results up to a good number).
Once all his results were up to a good number the doctors started moving onto the next thing in the process which was to have a bone marrow test to see if he was in remission: meaning that the treatment worked and Travis was cancer free. The results came back with 0% of cancer cells in his bone marrow which meant Travis made it into remission! Now that he was in remission he was allowed to go to a home away from home after being in hospital for 2 months, but it wasn’t easy being out of hospital though as he still needed regular check ups with his doctor to make sure he was progressing well, which everything was for now. Until things went down again with Travis going back into hospital because he had relapsed which meant that the cancer had come back a second time after all the treatment he received when he was first diagnosed. The way they found out he had relapsed was by doing a scan on his body and finding that there was some cancer cells hiding behind his liver which caused his relapse. The doctors went through the same process again but used radiation and Travis made in back into remission after fighting for 6 months. This was another extremely happy day to know that he made it into remission again. Everything was going great until we reached 18 months and Travis unfortunately for the third time relapsed again. BUT this time the doctors said that they didn’t have any options left for him and said for him to just live out his life until he passes away which the doctor said it will be in 6-9 months and we are already 3 months into that time frame. This news was not what we were wanting to hear from the doctors at all which put a lot of stress, worry, extremely bad thoughts, anxiety and depression into our heads causing us to not eat properly, not sleep at night and to be constantly thinking will Travis wake up tomorrow. And for that now we just live day by day wondering what will happen when we wake up. We did make a bucket list for us to complete in this time frame but we have to put that on hold because of the Covid-19 that has hit Queensland, Australia very quickly making us isolate from everyone to keep Travis and myself safe in this time of crisis. We are feeling soooo much pressure and feel like we are under the pump to somehow get our bucket list completed and live out our life to the max before the time comes. All what we are hoping for is that we can continue to survive in this extremely tough time and try to strong for each other in any way that we can!
Our biggest thing to do on our bucket list is to meet @taylorswift @taylornation and to thank you for everything you have done and for making your music that has helped us through these very tough times in life.
We love you so very much @taylorswift
Luke and Travis