Mikhail Dugin, 32, lives in Volzhsky in Volgograd Region. It was a real shock to Mikhail when he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. His life changed dramatically. Mikhail did not give up, however, and his disease soon went into remission.
In 2018, the illness returned. Mikhail's doctors at the Raisa Gorbachev Memorial Research Institute said he had to undergo a bone marrow transplant. No compatible donor was found in the nationwide Russian database.
A search for a donor in the international registry costs 18,000 euros. Relatives and friends managed to raise the initial payment of 6,000 euros.
Mikhail asks for your help in raising the remaining 12,000 euros, since his only source of income is a modest disability pension.
"Please help me return to a normal, happy life. Living is such a joy" Mikhail writes.
Once a week, Mikhail has to take blood tests at his local hospital. His blood counts are normal. The follow-up check-up is planned for the end of January 2020. Mikhail is well and spends time with his friends.
Mikhail is doing well. At the end of September, he had a follow-up checkup at the Raisa Gorbacheva Institute of Pediatric Oncology and the puncture showed full engraftment of bone marrow transplant. His blood counts are normal.
Starting October 4th, Mikhail is going to be receiving outpatient care. Mikhail has a friend in St. Petersburg that he regularly talks to, and at the end of the week he is hoping to be able to fly home.
Michael is currently recovering at home. Once a week, he has to take a blood test — his blood counts are stable. The follow-up exam is postponed till the end of the month. Sirolimus treatment is completed. Michael is doing well and goes for walks in the evenings when it is not too hot.
Mikhail feels pretty good. His blood counts continue to rise. On August 23rd, Michail will stop taking Syrolimus as planned. He is at home, keeps in touch with his friends, goes for a walk and, if possible, goes to the countryside.
Mikhail was discharged today. According to the results of the July puncture, he is still in remission, and the donor's bone marrow works well. Although his blood count is rising, it is still below the norm. The dosage of Sirolimus has been reduced, and soon the drug will be canceled. Mikhail has recovered from the cytomegalovirus infection. He feels okay and plans to go home. In one and a half months, he has to return to St. Petersburg for the follow-upexamination.
In June, Mikhail was referred to a day clinic; on July 3, he had a control puncture, the results are not yet ready. According to the results of the last puncture, the donor bone marrow has taken completely. The Rh factor was replaced by a donor Rh, and blood counts are rather low, possibly because of the long-term treatment of cytomegalovirus infection. Mikhail continues to take Sirolimus, and Valcyte was recently canceled.
He feels rather well, only complains about weakness.
Mikhail is feeling pretty good. The puncture a week ago showed remission, the minimal residual disease is not identified, and the result of the bone marrow engraftment test isn't ready yet.
The platelets are low and do not grow; other blood counts are close to normal. Doctors suggested that platelets do not grow not only because of cytomegalovirus infection (treatment with Cymevene continues), but also because of the toxicity of the immunosuppressive medication, therefore, Tacrolimus was recently replaced by Sirolimus.
Mikhail feels rather well, he tolerates the heat normally — he is used to Southern climate.
On April 10th, Mikhail underwent bone marrow transplantation; on May 6th, he was referred to a day hospital. According to the results of puncture, the donor bone marrow has taken and it works. Recently Mikhail has been infected with cytomegalovirus, and appropriate treatment is being carried out now. Due to this infection, his recently normalized blood readings decreased. Misha is not feeling very well, he complains about his weakness.
Mikhail came to St. Petersburg, where he was hospitalized on April 2nd. He feels well. The puncture has shown full remission, his blood readings are normal.
Mikhail is engaged in organizing government quota for his medical treatment and passes pre-transplantation tests in his hometown. Next week he will fly to St. Petersburg, where his bone marrow transplantation is scheduled for April 10th. Misha feels rather well.
A donor for Mikhail is found, and his bone marrow transplantation is scheduled for April. He is currently undergoing the first course of supporting chemotherapy, and the treatment is well tolerated.