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Archive for September, 2012

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Bill’s “Bye Week” – (If the Dallas Cowboys can do it, so can he!)

Round #1 (Chemo) over and done! Side effects of last weeks treatment were on a par with the first. Thankfully no upchucking this time (probably more explicit info than you really wanted to hear), but the other symptoms lasted a bit longer (about 5 days) and a new one was added (hair loss). Not unexpected, but still a jolt when it actually begins. Bill’s ”Bye Week” ends on Thursday the 27th when he begins the next cycle of 2 weeks of chemo treatments followed by one week free of treatment. Our prayer is that Bill continues to tolerate the treatments and their side effects well, and that his ”Bye” weeks enable him to regain strength and maintain stamina before the next round begins.
We both want to thank you for your prayers, calls, cards and visits (even to the Oncology Infusion Site); they really do go a long way in brightening up some pretty dreary days. (Philippians 1:3)
A special thanks to members of our Trinity Presbyterian Church small group for all
your kindness and for the prayers you have been offering not only for Bill, but for our
niece Lauren who is also in the midst of chemotherapy for a rare cancer known as
Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma (CTCL).
Blessings,
Bill and Pat

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The Journey Continues

Bill’s first chemotherapy treatment was completed on Thursday September 6th. A long (8:30 am – 4:00 pm), stressful (what will happen as a result of the ”poisons” they’re pumping into me?), but all-in-all an uneventful ”good” day for which we were very grateful. Side affects ”have not been too bad” nor unexpected. Friday and Saturday were unpleasant but Bill said if that was as bad as it is going to get, it wont be too bad. Despite a dose of bedtime pain medication last night, Arthritic-like body aches/pains started during the night (normal side-affect) and general fatigue (also normal) began this morning. Back in bed (recommended) for a morning nap.

Will try not to get into too many details, but family members are using this site to keep
track of Bill’s progress, so we must include some of the details in order to keep them up to date.

Thank you all for your prayers and concern, calls and cards, Bill appreciates them more
than you could know (as do I).

Blessings, Pat