Monday, July 26, 2010

Mom and Dad are safely settled in Houston!

Hi All!
Mom and Dad arrived at the condo in Houston yesterday safe and sound!  The condo is SO cool - and again we are SO thankful to Dad's cousin Mike for making it available to us for the duration of dad's treatment in TX - such a HUGE BLESSING!!!!!
Dad has a day FULL of all sorts of tests and appointments today and I will update you guys later on any important results or news that may come out of any of them :) - Mostly, it is all just lead-up to his check-in date next week - blood tests, x-rays, ekg's, etc :) 
Bradley and I will be headed to Houston on Friday as soon as Bradley gets off of work and we will be spending the weekend with them at the condo, then on Sunday Mom and Bradley will both be headed home and back to work and I will be staying with Dad.
Love to everyone - please keep the prayers coming as we enter into this long and scary adventure- that we are Believing God for GOOD from!!  We are counting on this beginning the count-down till dad is CANCER FREE!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The working family calendar is set :)

Well, we did the family calendar today to map out who will be in Houston- when- and it occurred to me - having an amazing family is one of the biggest blessings in the world! We all love dad so much and just want to do everything we can to support him! GOD is ALL over this situation and I trust HIM - - - - - COMPLETELY! 
Love to everyone!  We couldn't ask for a more supportive, wonderful, positive group of family and friends - we love every single one of you and we know WHOLE heartedly that it is all the prayers to God that have offered us the MANY blessings that have been bestowed upon us and we appreciate it more than you can know :)

Monday, July 19, 2010

FINALLY we have new NEWS!

Hey Everyone!
Long time no update - I know... but, we have been waiting a VERY long time for an update and info from MD Anderson!
So, here is the latest:
Dad needs to complete 2 rounds of Rituxan Chemo (pretty mild variety and doesn't have to be in the hostpital for it) before starting the stem cell transplant protocol.  So, he is going to do the first in Covington at his oncologist's office on Thursday of this week.  Then he will need to be back in Houston by Monday July 26th - Sunday is actually preferable according to MDA but we are trying to work out those details.  He will need to do the 2nd run of chemo as well as a huge list of tests etc.  Then he will check-in as an inpatient at MDA on Tuesday August 3rd to begin the stem cell protocol.  The stem cell donor is turning over his cells on the 9th of August and they will transfuse dad with them on August 10th.  As far as we know so far he will be an inpatient at the hospital for about 1 month.  After he is discharged from the hospital the 100 days living near the hospital will begin.  AND - speaking of that - we have AMAZING news on that front; Dad's cousin Mike has MOST GENEROUSLY offered for us to use his condo that is 12 minutes from the hospital for this whole time period!!!!!!!!!!! Talk about God answering some SERIOUS prayers!!!!  We cannot in a million years thank Mike ENOUGH!!!!!!!
Well that is the update for now - I will be posting regularly again as soon as we get to Houston and the ball "gets rollin" so to speak ;) 
Love to everyone and thank you again for keeping up the prayers - GOD IS SO GOOD!!!