Tuesday, November 9, 2010

That's all folks...

This is me (Derek) writing this post.  Since all the others have been written by my mother or my sisters I figured it was time I put in my thoughts.  All my Chemo treatments are finished.  All my Radiation treatments are done.  After spending nearly half of the past year in the hospital (and the other half in neutropenic quarantine) I am finally finished. 

Of course there is still much to be done.  The scans and the check-ups will probably never cease, and getting physically/mentally back in shape will be a long road.  But I'm ready to move on with my life.  After a three year hiatus I will be starting school again in January and hopefully I can find a job.  

I want to thank all of you for your prayers and support.  I honestly could not have done this on my own.  I have a wonderful family, both immediate and extended.  I have amazing friends, both at home and abroad.  I can't thank you enough.  I thought it would be appropriate to write this final post.  Hopefully there won't be any more need to update you about my health.  Once again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.


  1. Derek, we love you and are so grateful for the Lord's "Tender mercies" on your behalf. The world is waiting for you...enjoy!!!

  2. Yes...ditto! The world is waiting for you... and you will make great contributions, because you are stronger than ever. You have awesome willpower that will get you through anything in life. You have proved it. Yeah...for YOU and to your health! The Lord has blessed you and your family and will continue to bless you because of your faithfulness! So happy for you!
    from the Gray family

  3. Thank you for allowing us to serve you, visit you, laugh with you, cry with you, and tease the nurses with you (okay, I did that one behind their back). It was such a blessing for us to exercise our faith and to put our trust in the Lord's hands. Our lives are richer because you allowed us to travel this road with you.
    Thank you.
    Thank you.

  4. Derek...Just saw your last post and don't know if you will ever get this, but wanted to let you know that getting on with your life is the best thing. It means you have focus and are healing.
    Take care,
    Sandi Payne, North Carolina