There come times in our lives when things become just a little too much for us to handle solely on our own and we need help from our friends and family in the worst way to deal with the problems. My family is now in such a place and I would like to ask for your thoughts and prayers. My prayers are but one voice but all of ours are a chorus and it can only help. For the last 2 months my wife, Debbie, has been quite ill with a condition called ITP (Immuno Thrombocytopenia Prura) or the severe reduction of platelets in her blood. This is the closest diagnois that fits the symptoms though it is flawed in a couple of areas. She is known in our circles as quite a mystery. Where a normal "low" count for an ITP patient would be somewhere around 30k (parts per ml), her counts have been consistently below 14 and as low as 7. Low platelets inhibits the body's ability to stop bleeding and Debbie's extremely low counts exposes her to the risk of brain hemorrhage or internal bleeding. That's the good news. Yesterday and today, we've been chasing a new development that is pointing to a much more sinister disease. It appears that she has, almost overnight, developed AML or Acute Myelogenic Leukemia. This would be a secondary leukemia likely a result of her earlier treatments for CML (Chronic Myelogenic Leukemia) in 1998 when she had a bone marrow transplant and has been leukemia free since 2003. We are awaiting results of a latest marrow biopsy that will give us a more definitive answer but yesterdays labs weren't encouraging. The doubling of the white cell count and the presence of immature white cells (myeloblasts) in the last 2 weeks is such a change that it is troubling our Oncology and Hematology experts. Best indications are that this either an M1 or an M5 case. Though this is not entirely unexpected, it never comes as easy news. We've been prepared for an illness to take her because we always assumed that it wouldn't be leukemia that causes her demise - at least that's been the conventional wisdom from day one since the successful marrow transplant. However, to have the AML diagnosis thrust upon us has thrown us a little. We are however prepared for the fight. We've done this before and we'll do it again. Both Deb and myself are pragmatic fighters that do what we need to do without complaining and bitching. God is with us and we'll hand it all over to him to make the calls while we do what we need to do to make it right down here. For that you all don't need to worry. But please keep us in your thoughts, I think of you as my extended family and whereas I wouldn't dream of bothering you with the small nuisances in my life, these monster sized troubles need the help of a gang and that's why I call on you for help. Thank you and God bless each of you.