Below is a copy of the letter David sent to the St. Ambrose Community.
Thank you for your prayers during my unexpected hospitalization last week for low blood counts. The cause of this condition has been diagnosed as Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) a sort of "pre-leukemia" which is usually fatal in one to two years. Yet, because of my relatively young age and strong heart, my doctors think I am a good candidate for a very aggressive treatment involving chemotherapy followed by adult stem cell transplants which can result in a full remission of the condition for a number of years. I have chosen to undertake this treatment which will last at least three months, including multiple hospital stays of a month or more.
You will not see me at school during this period, as my immune system will be severely compromised during the entire time.
The mission of St. Ambrose Academy to share the love of Jesus Christ with your children through classical education has been an important part of my life for over ten years, and, although I am serene about whatever God might have in store for me, I am eager to see our school grow and share its mission more effectively and with more young people, and I hope to be a part of that development.
I will be praying for your children and our staff. Please continue to keep me in your prayers, and ask that, through the intercession of St. Ambrose, I may be able to join you at the graduation exercises this spring, restored to health. I am looking forward to handing out diplomas to this year's largest-ever graduation class, and to future classes for years to come.
David R.J. Stiennon
President, Saint Ambrose Academy, Inc.
Omnia Christus Est Nobis!
~ Christ is Everything for Us! ~