Baldies' Blog began originally in the UK by a 26 year old journalist with a blood cancer on a mission to inform the world about bone marrow donation.

He has since died, and I took on the cause of making cancer care more transparent for everybody.

Cancer is a disease that will touch everybody through diagnosis or affiliation: 1 in 2 men will be diagnosed and 1 in 3 woman will hear those words, "You Have Cancer."

I invite you to read how I feel along my journey and
how I am continuing to live a full life alongside my Hodgkin's lymphoma, with me controlling my cancer, not my cancer controlling me.

I hope that "Baldies' Blog" will prepare you to handle whatever life sends you, but especially if it's the message, "You Have Cancer."

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Monday, March 7, 2011

Dad's Update

Hi All The family is headed to a Disney World Family Vacation. Pat and Grace are the only ones that won't make it. We look forward to getting out of the deep snow and very cold weather we have had the winter. We have the 3 grand sons,Pierce-3, Preston-1 and Xander-7 turning 8 on March 8th. Heather and Hillary, John and Allen, Dick and Jean Wilder- (Great grand parents) and Nancy and I. We have learn to celebrate life whenever you can. We are even keeping Xander out of school for the week. The economy is awful but when will it get better? We all grow up so fast. We are staying right at Disney so we can save  energy for fun. The coldest day on the forecast is 75.Now for the rest of the story. Last friday Hillary got the results from her latest PET scan. You guessed it, it has grown again. The chemo she has been on is not stopping it. Monday, after we get back from Florida she starts another type of chemo treatment that she has not had before. ( I think they are running out of types). Its 2 days of chemo then 4 weeks to recover from it then do it again. We have no idea how she will react to it. This week she celebrated her 5th anniversary of finding the cancer. Not much to party about.This week she has stayed in bed most of the time. Pneumonia tends to tire you out. She is determined to save all her energy needed to see Xander enjoy his 8th Birthday at Disney World. You might start to ask why would she fly or leave home when she is so susceptible to sickness and disease. I can answer that simply by saying if not now, when? Or more directly, is life worth while if you have to spend it resting all the time? Lets get out and live life while you can, you can't live forever. Since Thanksgiving she has been as healthy as she has been in about 2 years. We took the chance that the light chemo would improve her quality of life and it has. Now we will move on to the next trial. Hopefully it won't be too bad. You just never know whats ahead.Well we won't think of you guys up here in the cold. We are just going to have fun. Jon is running the schedule. He is an engineer and everything has to go perfect, systematically. Boy is he in for a surprise. We are worse than herding cats!Next update I will work on sending PicturesThanks for all your prayers and support.Vic Nancy, Patrick, Grace, Preston Pierce, Allen, Heather, Xander, Jon and especially Hillary--

1 comment:

Loraine Ritchey said...

Enjoy the sunshine and being together and hopefully all bleak and wintery days will just be memories