Sep 10, 2021 Latest post:
Jul 14, 2022
Welcome to Duck's CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. Duck's journey of injuries started a long time ago and each one has proven to be just a little worse than the prior one. He lives his life to enjoy each day and do all he can to remind himself that he's young at heart, doing his best to maintain a title of "Funcle" (fun uncle), by trying his best to keep up with the nephews and nieces and always making children smile and laugh.
One relaxing summer afternoon by the pool, true to his nature Duck and friends were showing little kids how to do back flips into the pool, (of which Duck was awarded the gold medal, in his age group by the children who were learning!!). Until that last fatal backflip when he tried to swim to the surface and one arm wouldn't move! Of course it was the arm that he's already had 3 shoulder surgeries on! And thus began a terrifying journey which in the end has nothing to do with his shoulder at all, and turned the planned 4th shoulder surgery into a dream we would have much rather pursued.
We're living a different dream now, one of hope and faith and trust in our amazing medical team. Duck has been diagnosed with T-Cell Prolymphatic Leukemia. Which basically means that his bone marrow is producing a ton of bad / cancerous white blood cells. This had likely been happening inside of his body, without his knowledge, prior to the back flip lessons. But then destroying what was left of his rotator cuff sent his body and immune system for a loop (or a flip in this case), and within a few weeks he was hospitalized and breaking records on how high a person can get their white blood cell count to be.
So we have started our next journey in life down a road that no one wants to go down, the wheels are turning and they won't slow down. We have to beat the cancer to the finish line, and while ducks are not known for being incredibly fast, this particular Duck is know to enjoy the ride and make the best out of anything in front of him.
This website will hopefully provide a bridge of updates and communication. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement along the way. Thank you for visiting! We love you all