How is Chris Scott Doing? -An update

By Ann Scott

 

It seems that everywhere that I go, I am always asked the same questions--”How is Chris?  Is he home?” Well here are a few answers for those inquiring minds.

For those of you who didn’t know, Chris Scott (Calais Police Officer and Lieutenant  with Downeast EMS) was diagnosed on December 6 with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  He was admitted to Eastern Maine Medical Center for treatment on December 10.  He had chemo 24 hours a day for seven days.  Then after two weeks, they realized that they had not killed all of the leukemia cells, so they gave him a second round for 5 days.  After 44 days in Bangor, Chris was released on January 23.

While home, he did regain his strength and his immunity while maintaining zero leukemia blasts in his blood work.  So things are getting better.  On February 6, he was readmitted to Eastern Maine for what they call consolidation chemotherapy--to maintain the destruction of the leukemia cells so that they do not return.  Do not fear, he will only be there for about a week, but he will be “laying low” when he returns while his immunity levels build back up.  

This cycle will repeat itself every few weeks (build the immunity back up, then another week of chemo) until we travel to Boston for a bone marrow transplant.  We were blessed to have a match through Chris’s sister, so searching through banks of donors does not need to happen.

Through this whole process, we have learned a great deal.  We have learned about the strength of family, the power of prayer and importance of patience and vigilance.  Most of all, we have learned that we are blessed to live in a caring community that takes care of their own.  No matter what anyone in this world says about Washington County, we know the truth.  There is no better place to be in a case like this because we have so much support, through prayer, friendship and gifts--especially from the benefit put on by Downeast EMS and the Calais Police Department (and the Calais Regional Hospital Emergency Room Nurses).  

The generosity of this community has been overwhelming.  The benefit held on January 26 surpassed anything that we could have imagined.  It makes a person feel very special when that many people come out to help you--and from so many communities as well.  From Bangor to Machias to Vanceboro and McAdam, New Brunswick --the support we received will help us financially survive the next several months.  And just knowing that so many people cared meant more than anything else.  

While we don’t know what the future will bring us, we know that we will survive it because of the caring of the community we live in.  Calais High School (where I have worked for over 20 years) posts in its entryway “Through these halls walk the finest people in the world--our students and staff.”  While those words have always been true there, in our minds they stretch beyond the walls of Calais High into the rest of Washington County.  Thank you for your support and prayers.