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.