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Old 03-02-2011, 07:55 PM #1
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Alex Spence fights cancer

Towards the end of November 2010 original Tampa Bay Damage team member Alex Spence was diagnosed with AML (a type of leukemia) due to complications arising from the removal of his wisdom teeth. Efforts to respond to failed antibiotics and other symptoms eventually resulted in the completely unexpected diagnosis that doctors later said probably saved Alex's life.

Over the next two months Alex made progress though the results were sometimes up and down. The Moffitt Cancer Center has the reputation of being a preeminent institution for the treatment of cancers. Christmas in the hospital came and went. As did New Years. Early in January he began another round of chemo. By late in the month Alex wasn't fully in remission but the numbers were getting close. Once again doctors told him he might soon be able to go home for a time at least. And this time they were right.
Alex was able to go home on Feb 1, 2011. Despite that there was more chemo ahead and the effort to find a bone marrow donor began in earnest. On the 24th Alex posted that a donor had been found. And on the Feb, 27th Alex was able to join his teammates for a short visit during practice out at Central Florida Paintball.

The process remains ongoing. The next major step will be the BMT (bone marrow transplant.) Before that can happen there are extensive batteries of additional tests to be done and his doctors are focused on creating the ideal conditions before giving the tranplant the go-ahead. Throughout, Alex has remained strong and with the continued efforts of his doctors and love, friendship and prayers of his family and friends we know he will beat this and soon be home where he belongs.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:08 PM #2
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Thanks you joey for getting all the information and input that i wasn't able to get.
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Old 03-02-2011, 11:43 PM #3
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Alex! Get better soon! I give really intense high fives, and you sir deserve one! See you in Chicago!
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Old 03-03-2011, 10:07 PM #4
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Old 03-04-2011, 01:38 AM #5
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Alex,

Keep fighting the fight bro! It takes a strong dude to go through all that **** and you are doing it. Keep it up man, we all want to see you on the field again shooting people.

Ill be praying for you man.

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Old 03-04-2011, 10:07 PM #6
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keep fighting!you'll pull through,hope you feel better man
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Old 03-05-2011, 11:48 PM #7
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All of Seattle thunder is Pullling for you buddy to get back on the field as soon as possible! WE WILL See you soon brotha!!
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:38 PM #8
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Late last week Alex took a turn for the worse he has started to turn the corner again but is not out of the woods please keep him in your prayers.
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:37 PM #9
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Gl to alex and the tbd crew stay strong and much prayers to alex
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Old 03-08-2011, 09:52 PM #10
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Get better alex! all of us here are pulling for you!
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:42 AM #11
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Myself and alot of people are praying for you..stay strong and keep the faith man you'll be ok.
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:45 PM #12
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is it possible to get an update on alex?

I met him at MAO last year and grabbed his jersey off him and then took the year off for school to come back and see this. He is a really chill guy and myself and family will be praying for him
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Old 04-05-2011, 05:59 PM #13
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Last update was today...

"Meeting with my oncologist today. My legs are getting stronger everyday but still hurt very bad, but I can't really complain cause I'm here." -spence

so yea... he is getting better but is still obviously going through a lot of stress and pain and with everyone else, i wish him and his family(and alex's family) the best
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Old 04-05-2011, 06:06 PM #14
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wooh! he's getting better. Obviously his journey isn't over but he's getting better. great news, great news.
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Old 04-12-2011, 09:41 PM #15
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Bone marrow transplant is sceduled for May 3rd, which is the last step in the recovery process but recovering from that takes a very long time, but if all goes well I should be ok for next season.
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Old 04-12-2011, 10:37 PM #16
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thats awesome news
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Old 04-13-2011, 07:03 PM #17
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Great to hear man.
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Old 04-19-2011, 03:04 PM #18
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Good luck Alex, I hope all goes well with the transplant/recovery
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Good luck Alex - hope it works out and you're back on the field soon.
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Old 04-23-2011, 10:56 PM #20
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Just a small update, went through all the organ testing last week and after this last infection everything has returned back to normal and they are going to go on with an allogenic bone marrow transplant beginning on May 4th. If there are no complications to that and I dont catch any infections its about at 20% chance that I will be completely healed of Luekemia. The whole process takes anywhere from 6 months to up to a year. But I should be good to go for next season. Thanks for all the support and prayers, they really do make a difference.

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Just a small update, went through all the organ testing last week and after this last infection everything has returned back to normal and they are going to go on with an allogenic bone marrow transplant beginning on May 4th. If there are no complications to that and I dont catch any infections its about at 20% chance that I will be completely healed of Luekemia. The whole process takes anywhere from 6 months to up to a year. But I should be good to go for next season. Thanks for all the support and prayers, they really do make a difference.

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Good news. I will be praying for you. Keep fighting and stay strong.
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