Brooks' Story

On December 28, 2009, Brooks Call was diagnosed with acute Myeloid leukemia (AML), also known as acute myelogenous leukemia. AML is a very aggressive cancer that starts in the bone marrow and keeps the blood cells from maturing the way they should. Brooks is 13 years old and is the son of Greg and Lisa Call. He has two younger brothers, Ethan and Nic.

Along with our prayers, well wishes, and positive thoughts for Brooks, what can we do to help Brooks and his family? Our goal is to allow all family and friends to assist Greg and Lisa with any funding we can donate for the many expenses that will be involved in keeping Brooks going strong. Not only would we like to contribute to help with the mounting medical bills, but also for gas, babysitting, food while staying with Brooks at the hospital, and many other expenses.

Please look at the "Please Help Brooks" section on how-to-donate. We have made it very easy for all family and friends to help out – where ever you are! Please donate, and pass along this notice to all of your family and friends. Have them go to this blog to find out more information on how to donate and get updates on Brooks!
Thanks, from all Brooks’ Family!

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

We have been home for ten days now. Yahoo! The hospital is so full and Brooks is doing so well that we have been allowed to stay home longer than we anticipated and it has been wonderful! Brooks took us all by surprise last round (doctors included) and recovered much more quickly than expected. He has been feeling so good. If he had hair, no one would know he is sick. The doctors called me this morning with news from his latest bone marrow biopsy and LP. . . No sign of cancer in the tests so far. I feel so blessed, things right now are going so well. I hope his strength continues. Tomorrow we go back to start round three.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Back Home

Brooks has been back home for a few days. He has done SO well! His counts increased quickly after chemo. He has loved being home again and spending time with his bros. He really didn't lose any more hair this go round, so he still has his long eyelashes and eyebrows (lookin' good for the ladies). As long as he doesn't get a fever, he will be at home. Yeah! Love you Brooks! Stay healthy!


Thursday, February 11, 2010

Uber War

Brooks has an amazing nurse who has been playing games with him. She taught Brooks and Lisa a super fun card game that Brooks calls UBER WAR! Any game with the name uber war has got to be the coolest game ever. Brooks has been running fevers this past week, which is scary. This afternoon his fever went away. His "good" cell counts have been rising a little bit the past 2 days. Lisa has told him that he just needs to tell his body to quit getting a fever so that he can go home soon. I think that sounds like a great plan!

The waiting game...

Brooks' second round of chemo was complete on Saturday, February 6th. Things have been going okay. Brooks did a good job of not getting too sick to his stomach. His counts dropped to zero yesterday, so he has no immune system. On Wednesday, they were showing Lisa an infection that Brooks has in his central line. They cleaned him as much as they could, and started him on some antibiotics to help clear up the infection. Because his body really doesn't protect him from anything, the medication to clean the central line burned his skin pretty bad. He still needs all of our prayers and good thoughts. Everyone is just sitting tight, waiting for him to start producing good blood cells...

We love you Brooks! Kia kaha!

Thursday, February 4, 2010

2 days left

Day 6 of chemotherapy. I don't want to jinx anything by saying this but Brooks hasn't been stomach sick at all yet. He has 8 days of chemo this round so only 2 days left! While he's on chemo they wake him up every one to two hours, so it will be nice to finally get a little sleep, well as much sleep as you can in a hospital. (The chair I get to sleep on is not quite like my intelli bed. Dang it!) Besides that, this hospital is so wonderful. I feel so lucky to be here. I mean, no one wants to be in a hospital but if you have to be in one, this is the place to be. We really like the staff. They are taking such good care of Brooks. -Lisa