Dec 23, 2017 Latest post:
Aug 31, 2021
Welcome to our CaringBridge website. We are using it to keep family and friends updated in one place. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.
Our very good friend, Tom Hayes and his family, have had an extremely difficult week. Last Tuesday,(12.13.17), Tom arrived at a monthly book club breakfast complaining that we wasn’t feeling his best. He thought that he was coming down with a virus of some kind. By that afternoon he was waiting in the emergency room at Swedish Hospital in Edmonds. Later that night he and Michelle,(his wife), found out that he had a challenging form of Leukemia and was being sent to Swedish Hospital on First Hill in Seattle. At Swedish he would begin to receive the specialized care and treatment that he needed. Tom was also told that his own body’s resistance level was depleted and that he could not receive visitors due to his vulnerability to illness and infection. His doctors started him on chemo on Saturday, December 16 and it appears that he will be at Swedish Hospital until the middle of January. If things go as planned, Tom will be able to go home for a period of rest before he returns to the hospital for his next round of chemo therapy later in January.
Tom and his family have felt concerned with their inability to communicate with you about their circumstances. Obviously, their focus and energy needs to be aimed towards his recovery. As a result, we are opening up this means of communicating his progress and the family’s needs through this wonderful resource, Caring Bridge. Here are some of their needs and the contact people that will be coordinating the volunteers for each need area.
1- Meals will be needed when Tom returns home in January. If you are able and willing to help out by providing one or more meals please contact:
2- Transportation to Doctor appointments when Tom returns home will be another area of need. Please contact the listed person in charge of this at:
Last of all, through this wonderful resource you can send notes and communicate with Tom and his family. They will be logging on and reading your messages as they have time. They will need to focus on his healing and may not be able to respond to your messages. However, they will still be very aware of your support. Their appreciation of your thoughts, prayers, messages and supportive actions will be far greater than what you can imagine. Updates will be made, regarding Tom’s progress, regularly on this site. Please pass this link to any that you know so that we can extend the love and support that Tom and his family will need to get through this very difficult time.
Thank you so much in advance for your concern and help.