First of all, let's get the facts strait- David is awesome! He is a charmed individual, the guy who floats through life attracting great things, the beloved friend to many, the guy voted captain of the teams, they guy who never studies but aces tests. He's acing almost every test here except one, he's tested positive for a Vasculitis, which is not positive at all.
David hasn't been feeling well for quite some time. While we don't want gorey syptomology in your conscientiousness, or to have it become our focus, we will tell you the truth. He's got a fairly rare condition that was caught very early. You can read about the specifics here http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/granulomatosis-with-polyangiitis/home/ovc-20167226 By
catching this early we are not dealing with organ failure and potential fatality and we have a good prognosis. No, we have a great prognosis.
Here's the shitty part- he needs chemotherapy to heal. This begins this morning, and we are on a three to six month course. He will remain at the U of M during the first treatment and a few days after to ensure he will handle it well. Then we shift to home.
Knowing David, he will be the guy who floats effortlessly downstream, the one who responds well with minimal effects of the drug, the guy who continues to heal beautifully. He will be the one who glides into remission, never to see this arise again.
We are positive, but are not bright-siding by ignoring the weight of this situation. We will need some help. This site will be a place where we give updates on his progress and where we will employ our new found skill of asking for help. If you want to help David and his family through this, please check back here. As we are rapidly educating ourselves on the matter, I'm hearing we will have continued need of assistance.
We believe in the power of positive thinking in whatever form these thoughts take place, religious or otherwise. We ask for you to not add fear and worry to our situation, but rather see him perfect whole and complete. Laughter is the best medicine for the Babcocks. We can't wait until we have small groups of people cracking us up on Pablo the couch very soon.
Love each other, keep gratitude in your hearts for your health, and keep positive images of David in your hearts. He's the kindest soul we know.