Gregg Shy from Bossier City, LA had no idea that his day of shopping for a new boat would end with a trip to the hospital and a diagnosis of cancer.
Gregg Shy with his wife.
“I was on the phone with my wife as I was leaving Bass Pro, and by the time I got from the store to my truck I was completely out of breath; that’s when my wife said I needed to go see a doctor,” says Gregg. “I really thought I had something going on with my heart, I never thought about cancer,” says Gregg.
Doctors at University Health admitted him that night, two days later they had a diagnosis, Acute Myeloid Cancer (AML). They also told him that a stem cell transplant is his only option for treatment. “Like anyone, I was upset and depressed but depression turned in to I can beat this,” says Gregg of hearing the news.
Gregg won’t have to fight this fight alone. His wife Deena has been with him every step of the way, spending every night in the hospital by his side. Gregg says, “She’s got it harder than I do. All I have to do is lay here, watch TV, play PlayStation, they bring me food. She has to get up and go to work, take care of the kids and the house. I just want to get back to being able to help her and get back to my kids.”
Gregg does not have a matching donor in his family; he is relying on Be The Match® to help him find a complete stranger to save his life. When asked what he would say to anyone who is thinking about registering, Gregg says, “Please, please, please sign up. You may be the one to save someone’s life, it could be my life!”
UPDATE: Gregg Shy received his stem cell transplant on November 23, 2015.