When we met James FitzPatrick and his wife Karen in late 2021, they were still reeling from a series of events that changed the course of their lives. But through that uncertainty, one fact remained the same – they had a loving marriage of 30 years and two daughters, Caroline and Emily, who were providing support and care for their dad during his medical journey.
In James’s story, we talked about the unexpected trials he faced when first becoming ill a few years ago. James had a rare blood disorder called essential thrombocythemia, a condition that causes bone marrow to produce platelets beyond safe levels. His hematologist, a professional he trusted, confirmed that he was asymptomatic and didn’t proceed with treatment. That decision changed his life.
James would experience numerous life-threatening medical events as an effect, resulting in major surgery and a global ischemic stroke that nearly killed him, limiting movement on his right side and completely eliminating it on his left.