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Sep 25, 2018
As many of you know Bob was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (bone/blood cancer) April of his year. There was really no clue that this disease was invading his body except he was feeling more tired than usual , so as with anyone it was quite a shock when he received a call to come in after a routine physical as he was then told he needed to see a hematologist oncologist asap. So our next plan of action was to get to Mayo clinic in Rochester MN and get a consultation. Which should have taken a couple of weeks or so to get an appointment ours was in 5 days! We thanked God for opening the door for us! The diagnosis was confirmed. Of course if you know Bob he asked if he could wait until his summer and fall adventures were over and then come winter would take time to attack this. It was then as the old saying goes " the wind slapped us in the face", and we were told it was to serious and progressed and chemotherapy needed to start right away. So....for the past 15 weeks, weekly Bob has been receiving treatments. Mayo has a cancer facility in Eau Claire WI which was a better location for us to receive the weekly treatments needed, so that has been what our summer trips have consisted of. Treatments were every Monday so for the first few days of the week were rough from the drugs but the remaining days were pretty good, until Monday rolled around again. Only once was he was hospitalized for 4 days when he became very sick with a blood infection. With lots of antibiotics and care chemotherapy was able to be started again. The Drs at Mayo have been meeting with us regularly and decided a few weeks ago that if Bob can physically qualify it would be in his best interest at this point to have a stem cell transplant. There is no cure at this time for this type of cancer , but with the SCT there is a better chance to get to a place where it can be slowed down and even possibly put into remission for sometime. So our next destination the past few weeks has been to relocate to Rochester MN where the SCT will take place. We have alot of faith in our team of Drs who also treated Tom Brokaw and of course many others. We have put most of our things in storage and have rented a very small apartment 4 miles from the hospital. This is going to be quite a lengthy time of tests, procedures, and recouping thus I decided to post updates on this wonderful website not to forget anyone. We are truly on an unchartered journey and led only day by day by our Lord, and held up by the prayers and kind thoughts and support from our family, dear friends, and also new acquaintance s we have met. It is so....much appreciated! Our new address is 4820 Alpha Pkwy NW apt 321, Rochester MN 55901. We always look forward to visits and appreciate those who have already come to see us. This week we have started extensive testing and classes . Basically all major organs will be examined. If all tests go well we will be preparing for the next step of stem cell collection. I'll keep you posted along the way as we learn the course of that journey when it starts. So..with much determination and faith forward we go..... Thanks for reading this journal and God's blessings to you. Bob and Denise