Anthony and Brittany met with the bone marrow transplant doctor today. They will be testing my other three brothers first to see if one of them are a match. They said if they are able to find a match with one of them, Anthony could start the preliminary process of an intensive chemotherapy session prior to the transplant in about 4 weeks. Until that time, he will be having 'regular' chemotherapy treatments (The 2 hour sessions, I mentioned in an earlier post).
They are even sending a kit to Brad, who is still serving a mission in Brazil. They said he can take the kit into a Red Cross and they will obtain the blood and send it back for analysis.
I was a bit sad because they said they didn't want to test me yet. I wish they would just test me to see. My mom said that since Stacey and I have had children, it makes us being a match less likely, and that is why they are testing my brothers first.
If one of us is not a match than they will be looking at the national donor registry-this process would add at least another 4 months before we can move forward with the needed transplant procedure. We all pray that one of us is a match so that Anthony's suffering is not prolonged.