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Posted 2016-09-02T00:32:38Z

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Dear friends and family,
We have been on an emotional and very unfortunate journey with our father over the last few weeks. On our way to a family reunion in Calgary we had to take him into the hospital in Kalispell due to severe difficulty breathing. His lungs were extremely inflamed due to a very rare side effect from the leukemia medication he started taking 4 weeks back. A reaction that is normally found in 8-10% of patients and not very severe. David, however, has an edge case rarely seen before. The standard and typically effective approach for this type of reaction is to stop medication and treat the inflammation with steroids. Patient response is usually slow but eventually the lungs begin to heal. Unfortunately, Dad’s condition has been extremely steroid resistant and despite being on a high dose for the last two weeks he has not shown signs of improvement. We find ourselves battling this horrible lung disease and all the emotions that come with it. Rory and I (Alex) will be using this website to inform and update his beloved friends and family.

Please keep David in your prayers and send your positive energies and thoughts his way. We will continue to post updates here as we know more.

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Comments (3)

  • Judy Kimmerer
    Judy Kimmerer

    Dear Family, I have just read this and am responding right away. First, to say this is wonderful of you to do. Your thoughtfulness and tech savy are coming together in a way that is beneficial to all of us who love David. We can be thinking about him and pushing good thoughts his way. And offering you help too if you need it. Let me know if there is anything I can do along the lines of Care Management or End of Life support. I've seen lots of turn arounds, just when you thought it wasn't possible. Let's hope David finds his way here to what is supposed to happen next in his life. Much love, Judy

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Jeri Fitzbuck
    Jeri Fitzbuck

    I am so surprised and saddened to hear this. David is such an active and lively soul it is hard to imagine him ever going down. David worked with me here at Hewitt Architects for the last 5 years before his retirement, always upbeat and having a story to tell. I hope that spirit will help him power through this battle so he can get back to spending time with the family he loves so much again. All good thoughts and wishes coming your way - Jeri Fitzbuck

    3 years ago · Reply
  • Teresa Soucie
    Teresa Soucie

    Our dear Alex, Rory and Jacquie, our dearest thoughts and prayers have been with you through every minute of the day since your call yesterday morning. Our hearts are heavy over this very sad news and our love to our dear friend, David. Thank you for posting the updates as we continue to believe that David is resting peacefully under the current situation. Love you David. Love to each of you. Teresa and Paul.

    3 years ago · Reply