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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Friday, February 3, 2012

Hillary Update from Vic

there is a miracle called friendship that dwells within the heart.

and you don't know how it happens or when it gets its start...

but the happiness its brings you always gives a special lift ,

then you realize that friendship is gods precious gift.

hi all

I have been reading and praying a lot this week. Hillary had told me ten years ago that I should get out of Charlestown and sees the cities. I was perfectly happy being a country bumpkin. So she went to New York to spread her wings and learn about how other people live. Well this week I found out how many good friends we all have. I think we were visited by all races and nationalities that had 1 thing in common. They all care deeply about Hillary.

I don't know where to start this update, I can't sugar coat it anymore. We have seen a down turn in her health since December 11th when she started having bowel trouble. We went to her specialist in NY last week and we left his office in an ambulance. We have been at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital for the last 8 days. Her condition is stable at best but she is very week. Her mind is still pretty sharp but her body is wearing out. Several issues have her down.

1st the Hodgkins disease just keeps finding away to mutate and come back after every type of chemo they have given. Even after radiation the location just moved and came back. Then we tried the 2 different types of bone marrow transplants. Well the second one created a complication call Graff vs Host disease. (GVHD) That had caused problems with her eyes and lungs. Now it has taken over the kidney. We are testing to see if that is also affecting the liver. Meanwhile the cancer is back again for I believe the 14th time. Hillary's body has found away to beat 13 types of Chemo and drug treatments. Her body has found away to fight with her graffs cells too. How could a person so loving and friendly fight so hard. We keep telling her to fight this sickness but her body keeps fighting the cures!!

I have a lot of things to tell you all about. How on the floor with 50+ beds everyone already knows Hillary as a celebrity. I watched her tonight make a doctor feel special. I watched as nurses are just amazed at what power she has to make friends and get them to open up about their lives not hers. I watched other cancer patience called in their Rabbi's, Greek orthodox priests after she had the Catholic Priest come in to pray with her and give her the Sacrament of the sick. I watched as many care givers come in and are inspired by her will, her personality and her positive attitude. We have been talking a lot about dying this week. We expect it is inevitable. But she is determined to live life the best way she can right to the last breathe. We have been here before and she has come back to prove us wrong. I hope and Pray that she can come up with another miracle. If anybody can it is Hillary.

Please keep us in your prayers. Please send Hillary an email note "Hillary St. Pierre" I don't think she has any idea of how many people she has touched in a short lifetime

Thank you all for being such good friends

Vic, Nancy, Patrick and Grace, Preston, Pierce Heather and Allen, Xander, Jon and especially for Hillary


Tammy Vittum said...

Up in the night thinking of Hillary and all of you. Vic, thanks for the update. You have raised an amazing woman. She has inspired so many and so have you.
Love and support from our family to yours.

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Anonymous said...

you all have our continued prayers and love...she is one amazing woman with the most amazing support system i have ever seen! Please give my love to Nancy as well! Amy Bernard Osgood

Anonymous said...

I continue to pray and think about u all! And will always! Keep up the fight hillary! Ur such a great person! Everyone who has had the honor to meet u and be in ur life are just pure lucky! Stay strong! Xoxoxo
danielle ferland

Patty Witthaus said...

Our prayers are with you all. Keep fighting Hillary - You're an amazing person and inspiration and the strongest person I've ever known.

Patty W.

Jennie said...

I have been constantly amazed at this incredible woman you raised. My heart is breaking for you and your family. My prayers are continuing and I will never forget the impact you've had on me and so many others. God Bless you, Vic and Nancy, John and X.

Anonymous said...

Dear Nancy, Vic and family our hearts go out to you at this very hard time we feel your pain. We will be praying for you as you go though the next few weeks trying to figure out which way to turn, you can turn our way whenever you need to, just call and we will be there. Take care, Louis and Nancy Ferland