Lisy’s Battle with Leukemia

My blog started back in April 2005 as a journal of my wife’s battle with leukemia. I’ve always loved writing and used it as a way to get my feelings and/or frustrations out of my heart and head and onto something else. I started the journal, “Lisy’s Battle with Leukemia” two days after my wife was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. These are the posts I’ve written throughout her journey, dealing with her victory over cancer.

The first section is her story, in order, for the first five months of her battle.

Team: The Force – June 5, 2005

This weekend our family and friends got together to support cancer and participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life cancer walk. You get a team together, raise some money, and walk for 24-hours in support of cancer research and the people who have battled cancer. It was a lot of fun, some hard … Continue reading Team: The Force – June 5, 2005

Round 2 Ends – June 16, 2005

This morning Lukas and I went to the hospital to pick up Lis. Her three days of chemotherapy ended last night with her last bag coming at 11:30pm. Now she gets to spend the next two weeks hopefully side effect-free. I’ll try to keep a close watch on her and hopefully we won’t have any … Continue reading Round 2 Ends – June 16, 2005

Scrubs Fever – June 22, 2005

Ahh yes, it’s that time again. A week has passed since Round 2 ended so now it’s time for our favorite part of the show…side effects. Let us first start weakness in your body, and while we’re at let’s mix in some nausea, when you’re beginning to enjoy that I’d like to throw in a … Continue reading Scrubs Fever – June 22, 2005

Quick update – June 24, 2005

Just a quick update…we have some good news and some bad news. Which would you like first? The good? Okay, Elen, Lis’ youngest sister and the sister who is currently here in the US is a bone marrow match for Lis. Awesome! I think we’re going to keep her here until we know for sure … Continue reading Quick update – June 24, 2005

Why am I here? – August 15, 2005

I’m not one to complain about the medical treatment that Lis or I receive. I don’t like doing that. I think too many people come into a medical situation and already think negatively about their doctor. Too many people in this country complain about the medical treatment they receive. They don’t think about the fact … Continue reading Why am I here? – August 15, 2005

Below are my most recent posts, reflecting on Lis’ battle years later.

Finding Hope for the Present in the Past

Much like we are all doing now, fifteen years ago today my family and I battled an unseen life-threatening enemy. Uncertainty, fear, frustration, worry and stress consumed us. But in the midst of this battle we found HOPE, and we walked out of those trials stronger than when we walked in.

My (S)HEROES are …

Who are my (S)heroes?! To celebrate International Women’s Day I share four in four different areas of my life.

Concern Level: Zero!

A cancer scare, and a weekend with family and friends highlight this month’s Johnson Five update!


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