Saturday, November 29, 2008

Check out My Neighbors Christmas Lights!


I just got done taken pictures of Jeff and Carol's Christmas lights! (Across the street neighbors.) They do such a wonderful job on their display! Tammy and I are going to enter them into a local Christmas lights contest!

Stop over and check out the lights!

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Back to OSU we Go!

Hello Everyone,

I thought I would give an update to what is going on here at camp Latham! We are traveling down to Columbus, Ohio on Sunday, Nov. 30 to spend an evening with the kids at the Marriott. We are going to show them where I go when visiting the doctors. On Monday, I will be getting a bone marrow biopsy and CT Scan to get a baseline where I am at. We will be returning home Monday after the tests are completed.

Next Thursday, Dec. 4 I will be getting the port put in and my mother is coming in town on Saturday to watch the kids the following week when Tammy and I go back to OSU for the 1st round of treatment.

You might remember that this time I am getting the experimental drugs and have to stay in the hospital for three days in case I grow an extra eye or something.

It is a lot of precaution for hopefully a whole lot of nothing when it comes to side effects.

My spirits are good and I am ready to get this portion of the treatment process done so we can move on to transplant.

It has been nice being home the last few days and I especially like spending time with the kids.

We will keep you posted as to the progress of the treatments.



Saturday, November 15, 2008

It's late and I can't sleep!

Hello Everyone,

It is 12:50 am and I can't sleep. I keep thinking about the upcoming treatments and eventually the long awaited stem cell transplant.

It is funny when your up late and have the house to yourself and hearing all the various noises you never hear when the kids are awake and the house is rocking.

Anyways, I wanted to let you know some of the things I have to do before I start the treatments. The first was to get a procedure call EGD, this is when they put a scope down your throat looking for problems. Did that last Tuesday and I still don't feel like myself.

The next procedure is a bone marrow biopsy followed by the CT scan and to wrap it up they now want to insert a "port" (a line that is put into my chest that taps into my main arteries). I will only have this in for about 9 months. :)

I have do all this before I start treatments!

I tell you this because it sucks! I don't like any of it and I am a bit tired of having to put up with it!

But, now that I have vented a bit, I am happy I have options! :)

We all have to do things we don't want to at some point in our lives! Ex. Going off to war, Putting up with a bad boss, dealing with cancer, etc.

What I have learned is I can do one of two things:
1) Feel sorry for myself and complain and make the ones I love feel pity for me
2) Man Up and walk with God as I face the challenge.

I choose #2!

I'm going to bed now!

Take care,


Monday, November 10, 2008

It seems I can't get enough!

Hello Again Everyone,

Sorry, I have taken a few weeks off updating the blog. I was enjoying everyday life! Well, enough of that it seems I can't get enough of the Leukemia stuff.

The leukemia is back and my doctors and I have decided to attack it this time with a clinical triaal which is currently only offered at Ohio State University. I will begin the clinical trial in December.

The clinical trial should help me to get into a remission. The downside is that I have to go to OSU for the treatments. The schedule is fairly aggressive and will require some time away from home while receiving the chemo. The treatment will last up to six months.

We are still planning to do the Stem Cell Transplant using cord blood but will wait until 1) I am in a good remission and 2) the BMT clinical trial is available (paper work issue).

Physically, I still feel fine and am not experiencing any difficulties.

I will still be able to work and do most of my normal activities while going through treatments. I will be more immune suppressed, so, shaking hands and kissing babies will have to stop.

I am almost to the transplant finish line, but have to get myself back into a remission.

I appreciate all the prayers and well wishes, so, keep them coming they really do help!

Take care,


Friday, November 7, 2008

Happy Birthday!!

It's Tammy.....the blog has not been updated in a long time so I thought I would let you know that Gary turned 42 today!! He celebrated by eating a giant hamburger cake.

Craig is missing in the photo because he is in Washington DC on an 8th grade school trip. He just called for our nightly update and sounds pretty tired- he is seeing lots of sights.

Scott's football team made it to the Superbowl (the championship game) The game is tomorrow afternoon...Go Bobcats!

Hannah has her first volleyball game tomorrow. She was just chosen as student of the month in gym class.

Gary is feeling pretty good. He has noticed some of his lymph nodes starting to swell. We travel to OSU on Monday. On Tuesday he is going to have a EGD procedure to enlarge his narrow esophagus. It is supposed to be a simple procedure which he has avoided the last forty years.

That's enough news for now.