Nov 22, 2017 Latest post:
Dec 18, 2017
No time is a 'good time' to be told that you have cancer, but just prior to the busy holiday season seems like especially poor timing! Eric has not been feeling well for many weeks now and, after the third visit to the doctor for what seemed to start as some fairly benign complaints, additional testing was finally ordered. On Friday, November 10th, we learned that Eric has a large tumor causing a complete occlusion of his esophagus. It wasn't until the results of some additional tests were in early the following week, however, that we learned that Eric has esophageal cancer and that the cancer has spread to his liver and lungs.
We are fortunate to have access to a renowned Cancer Institute right here in Utah, and Eric's care providers at Huntsman are wasting no time with getting treatment started. Eric's first 12 weeks of treatment have been mapped out for us with his initial treatment regimen consisting of six chemotherapy treatments, one every other week; treatment is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, November 29th.
This is (thankfully!) a new territory for us to be navigating, and we have been forewarned to anticipate some rather exhausting times ahead. Since we have many family and friends so lovingly offering support, it has been suggested that we initiate a CaringBridge website as a manner through which we can keep you all 'in the loop.' At this time, one of our primary focuses is to maintain as much normalcy for the kids as possible. While Megan is still looking forward to leading her team at work, it has become clear that one of the biggest challenges is going to be keeping up with things around the home, as well as the carpooling and scheduling involved with still having three elementary-aged children!
This being said, we genuinely appreciate your support and cherish your words of hope and encouragement. We do respectfully ask, though, that you understand that it will be near impossible to maintain open communication with each one of our friends individually. Our hope is that, by posting updates through our CaringBridge site, you will be able to follow our journey to kick cancer and you will also have an idea of where we may be in need of some additional support.
As we move forward, putting one foot in front of the other, we want you to know how much you mean to us and want to thank you, in advance, for loving us well!