Prayer is requested for Bret Miller, GCI’s IT Manager. As he reports below, Bret is facing new treatment for multiple myeloma. Thanks for joining us in prayer for Bret and his wife Julie.
Recent tests show that the myeloma in my bone marrow has increased, so we’ve decided to start treatment to try to put the cancer into remission. The side effects are generally mild and I should be able to continue normal activity during the treatment, though “normal” will include twice weekly visits to the doctor. Assuming I’m responding well after two three-week cycles, I’ll be referred to City of Hope, where they’ll continue treatments until remission is achieved, followed by these three cycles of treatment (lasting a total of a couple of months):
- Stem cell collection (running my blood through a machine to harvest my good stem cells which will then be frozen).
- Admitted to the hospital for strong IV chemo that will essentially kill off my bone marrow. Following that, they will re-infuse my good stem cells. Then I stay in the hospital until significant recovery is observed—likely around three weeks.
- Maintenance. Once the above is done I’ll continue on drugs to keep me in remission.
Right now we’re awaiting approval for the tightly controlled drugs I need, and there are health insurance issues. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement during my ongoing battle with this. Julie and I both appreciate it.
Cards may be sent to:
Bret and Julie Miller
1328 Crofton Ct.
Upland, CA 91786