07 Jan '17, 4pm

"I'm working through aplastic anemia." See how this young father copes.

"I'm working through aplastic anemia." See how this young father copes.

My aplastic anemia diagnosis was delivered on September 15, 2015 when I was 20. I was always quite active but was finding that I was fatigued, sleeping a lot, and then my gums started bleeding. I hoped this would stop, but that didn’t happen. Finally, when I was attending a local football game, one side of my body went numb. I went to North Central Baptist hospital, and when the blood work results came in the doctor said ‘I am amazed that you were able to even walk in here.’ All of my blood counts were extremely low. So I was admitted and received transfusions. More tests followed, including a bone marrow biopsy . At this point I was referred to Methodist Children’s Hospital here in San Antonio, where there is a transplant facility in case that was needed. I was started on immunosuppressive therapy. The first treatment (horse ATG and cyclosporine ) produced no response at ...

Full article: http://www.aamds.org/patient-chronicles/john-vasquez

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