Thursday, January 7, 2010

January 7, 2010

Derek is home and doing pretty well. One of the doctors told Derek that he endured the first chemo treatment with flying colors. We are still waiting on test results to see if the cancer has spread to his bones and/or nervous sytem. I don't know if they would change their treatment if they knew. We asked why they were treating this cancer so aggressively (so much chemo so frequently), and they said, because he was young and could handle it. We must have looked doubtful, because they assured us that they would lengthen the days between treatments if his body was not able to meet the challenge...
We were told that he will start losing his hair in about a week, so he has been working on a beard in the meantime. Just as well enjoy it while he can! His immunity is quickly dropping, so we are being careful not to bring any virus' in the house, and keeping everything as sanitary as possible. (That is a challenge, with all of us coming and going, not to mention me being with young students all day).
Dave will take him back to Primary's for another treatment this next week (this time a 5-day regimen).
We are doing much better that we ever expected. We feel divine help on a daily basis. I'm certain that all the prayers being offered is a huge factor in this. So again, thank you!


  1. We knew you all could do it! All those prayers will continue to be said and therefore sustain you on through the weeks. Love, hugs and faith coming your way!

  2. Our prayers are with you! Derek is young and strong--I know he'll handle it all, especially with the Lord's help! Thank you for sharing his updates.