Jun 13, 2019 10:00 AM

Author: Brandon Plewe


adult male with two male children standing by fence

When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at the age of 26 it was by far the scariest thing I had ever faced. I didn’t know what my future would hold. By the time we figured out what was going on inside my body—the average myeloma patient is around 65, so it wasn’t something anyone saw coming—I was in very rough shape. I had lost 6 inches of height due to multiple fractures in my spine where the blood cancer was attacking me. I was lucky enough to be treated by the blood and marrow transplant (BMT) team at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) for months while I slowly recovered.

I had been married for about a year at the time I was diagnosed.  At the time I was focused on staying alive, but the incredible team at HCI knew that if being a father was even remotely in the cards (which it was), we needed to take measures to ensure a future family was a possibility.

three children

Fast forward ten years and not only am I cancer free, I’m also the proud father of three beautiful red-headed boys thanks to the help of in-vitro fertilization. Along with my wife, Katie, my boys are my everything and I can’t imagine a life without them. I am forever grateful that my cancer team had the foresight to help me plan ahead and not only save my life, but helped me lay the foundation for a wonderful future as a dad.

With a three month old, two year old, and five year old, my life is a little crazier than it would have been without these wild boys. But I would not have it any other way. We love to go on adventures, build forts, and find the best treats (when everyone is behaving, of course). 

three boys sitting in the grass

I was so inspired by the incredible treatment experience I had at HCI that I now work for Huntsman Cancer Foundation. I work to raise funds that support research so that in the future, others may not have to go through what I went through. This cause has become very personal to me and I want to give back and support in any way I can.

Through this whole experience, I have learned that life is precious. The most important thing we can do here is surround ourselves with those we love. I am grateful to be a dad and am thankful to HCI every day for enabling me to be here and be a part of my family’s lives.

adult male with two male children
Editors Note: Cancer treatments can affect fertility, or the ability to have children. BEFORE treatment begins, people with cancer who eventually want to have children should talk to their doctor about how to preserve fertility. Learn more about cancer and fertility.

Brandon Plewe

Huntsman Cancer Foundation
giving@huntsmancancer.org

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