Eddie was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in February 2001. He went through 12 cycles of ABVD (chemotherapy). On November 12, 2001, scans showed no more cancer.
In June 2011, Eddie was having stomach pains. He had scans which showed enlarged lymph nodes throughout his body. Eddie had a biopsy which determined he had Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL). The type of NHL is Small Lymphocitic Lymphoma, otherwise known as SLL/CLL. This type of cancer is more common in older people. It can be treated but not cured. This type of cancer is slow growing and a common thing to do is to watch and wait. For the past two years, Eddie has been having regular scans and doctor visits which have resulted in little to no change in the cancer growth.
In June 2013, Eddie started feeling really tired and weak and was having a hard time keeping up with the kids, softball, and work. Colten had a baseball tournament out of town and in between games Eddie would have to go back to the room to rest, which if you know him, that is not like him at all! He likes to be around people as much as he can and he likes to hang out with the SSP parents! That following Monday, Eddie tried to go to work but came home a few hours later. He could not even lift his arms and could hardly walk to the bathroom. We went to the emergency room and he was admitted for low hemoglobin.