About Blaine

I was first diagnosed with CLL (chronic Lymphacytic Leukemia in 2008.  It started with me noticing a small bump on my upper right neck.  I didn’t know whether to get it checked out or not but decided to.  They checked for mono and other possibilities and also did a blood draw.  After noticing that my white blood counts were elevated, I was referred to an oncologist.  There they made the diagnosis.  I have always been at peace with the situation from day one.  I know that God is in control and has a reason and plan for everything.  That does not mean that it has all been rosy, but it has made things much more tolerable.

For the next 3+ years, I was in a monitor state where the doctors would draw blood and watch my counts.  The reason for this was because there is no cure for CLL, just treatment once symptoms show up.  These symptoms include, enlarged/painful lymph nodes, reduced appetite, enlarged spleen, excessive bruising or bleeding, etc.  I had none of the symptoms at first and was feeling great.  My white counts continued to increase throughout, which was not a great sign.  The fear was that the lymphatic white cells would crowd the red blood cells and platelets out of my bone marrow.  This began to occur in 2011, so the doctors began to monitor more closely.

In 2012, a bone marrow test was conducted which showed some chromosome damage.  This meant that treatment needed to begin and that I would require a bone marrow/stem cell transplant.  This was quite alarming to Lara and I, but we moved on and processed it with God’s help.  I began a six month treatment program of chemo.  This treatment required 3 days of treatment every four weeks.  After four of these treatments, the doctors decided that it was not working so we needed to proceed to a more aggressive chemo treatment.  These treatments began August 20 and required a 5 day stay every three weeks.  The first treatment did not show much progress, but the second one (week of Sept 10) began to show progress in reducing the number of lymphacytic white blood cells.  That puts me to the present treatment.  I am currently in the hospital for my third treatment.  God is with us and thank you to all that are praying, supporting, and helping.  We could not do it without all of you.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at blainefingado@mgsd.k12.nc.us

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4 Responses to “About Blaine”

  1. Judy Maupin October 25, 2012 at 11:47 pm #

    Our hearts are with you and your family. It is surely a journey, and one we hope will end with a complete remission. Everyday you are in our thoughts and prayers.

  2. jamiepursley November 30, 2012 at 6:23 pm #

    From a former student and now a fellow MGSD employee (at Parkview) – we will be praying for you and a smooth recovery and remission. Thinking of you, Lara and your beautiful children.

  3. Jon Edge January 3, 2013 at 4:05 pm #

    Blaine and Lara, I’ve been keeping up with your progress through others but decided to start following your progress here. I’m praying for you and your family.

  4. Tisha Taylor March 16, 2013 at 2:42 am #

    You were one of the best teachers I had to actually make me understand math, and to bond over our live for the steelers as well as know the steelers song by heart 🙂 you made learning math easy and a great experience and even though I did have to write a million times I will not talk while the teacher is , I still enjoyed your class. My thoughts and prayers are with you and I pray you beat this nothing is to impossible!

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