On the morning of Friday, February 20, 2015 Stacey received a call from her doctor to report to the emergency room immediately as her blood counts were critically low. After several weeks of fatigue, Stacey had decided to visit her doctor to see if something was causing this. Her doctor’s appointment had been a regular checkup and blood tests the previous afternoon. This appointment, like so many cancer stories, started a new and life changing journey.
On February 25th, Stacey was informed that she had Acute Myeloid Leukemia and an aggressive 10 day chemo protocol was started. Due to her weakened immune system, Stacey was put in isolation. Every visitor and staff member was required to wear a surgical mask the entire time they were in the isolation area. Carolinas Medical Center Isolation area includes about 16 units with a dedicated nursing staff and highly secured entry. Jeff, Stacey’s husband, has always been the “class clown” and a gifted artist. Jeff decided to “lighten the mood and bring a smile to Stacey’s face” by drawing a funny caricature nose and mouth on his “blue surgical mask”.