Saturday, June 30, 2012
Today a friend shared a link to this article.
It's worth reading...
I love my family who have fought or are fighting for their lives.
I believe cancer sucks like nothing else... but I also believe we (all of us-- whether we're the ones with the cancer or the ones that love those people) can come out on the other side a little bit stronger than we were before.
Happy weekend, people.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Have been thinking about all of you lovely people a lot lately.
First of all, I want to say that if you don't see a blog update, then things are going pretty well. "No news is good news" applies.
Secondly, I keep thinking about how many of you have done things and how many of you are still doing things for us and I wanted to say THANK YOU again. I have been derelict about writing thank you notes. Somehow, this "event" has overwhelmed my ability to follow through the way I would like to do.
It's not the way I like to do things, but if you have done ANYTHING AT ALL for us over the past six months, please know that we have received your gifts of love with gratitude -- overflowing gratitude. People have sent books, spa gift cards, restaurant gift cards, and more. More than one person has cleaned my house -- more than once. People have encouraged and loved and helped... People have sent cards and notes and they have called. And, people have listened to our frustrations or concerns or my idiosyncrasies. People have also helped us out with the girls or the dog or both. And, people have brought DELICIOUS meals. Not to mention some yard work, garbage duty and lawn mower mechanics...
The list is long. Our gratitude runs deep. Deeper than you know.
We love you.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Today's visit was very good. Harv's CEA count is 1.6... His white blood count is slightly low, but it's been that low before. That count is most likely due to the chemo. He has gained 13 pounds since his last visit. (He's eating like a horse!)
Dr. Lin said that unless there is a new growth, Harv will probably continue with the oral chemo+Celebrex plan for a while. He continued to tell us about many of his patients who have had great success with this same treatment -- some of whom are 12 years out from diagnosis!
We go again next month for a PET scan which will give us a more accurate picture of what's happening in his liver.
Harv has felt very good over this past month. He's been focusing his energy on getting stronger and healthier. As I mentioned earlier he's eating well. He has made it a priority to get in a few good hikes a week. He's adjusting to life with a colostomy bag.
His goal is to use this time to make the most of feeling good... And to get stronger in the event there might be a different or challenging treatment in the future.
We are thankful for the results from the surgery and from the continued treatment.
And, we are thankful for the continued love, prayers and support from you all.
We love you all.