Bert’s Story

Site created on December 21, 2019

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.

About four weeks ago we got the unwelcome confirmation diagnosis of cancer - mantle cell lymphoma to be exact. This came after a month of various tests that were looking for what was causing a significant elevation in my white cell count and an enlarged spleen.  We were referred to Emory Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta for consultation and to make a decision on what direction we would go on treatment. Decisions made, final tests run in preparation, and we are kicking off 2020 with the start of chemo on January 2.  The game plan is simple - fight like hell and whip this cancer's butt!

Cannot say enough about the support of my awesome wife Cathy, our boys Parker & Zach, and both of our families as we start this fight.  Our GMC Family has been incredible and we have been blessed by so many friends and supporters who are helping us get this all important "win!" The many prayers, notes, calls, etc. have been so supportive and comforting - thank you all for you kindness!

The fight starts January 2, and we will keep friends and family updated through this website as best we can, so please feel free to share with anyone who you think might be interested. Thanks again for the support we have received so far and for that which we will receive in the weeks and month ahead!


Newest Update

Journal entry by Cathy williams

Good evening Team Bert!  We are back from the ATL hot zone and officially kicking off the second half of the newly named Chemo Bowl.  Team Bert came out hot though in this second half, dodging the virus & taking on Cycle 4 with a vengeance and extending the lead to 7-0!  

Lab results were all very positive and took in the chemo without a hitch. Got back to sunny, warm Milledgeville in time to let the sun on our dock deliver some vitamin D before dinner too!  April will be a busy month with two full days of evaluations, neulasta injections, and the stem cell harvest. Lots to do to get this win, but we are damn well gonna get it!

Thank you all for your continued support - couldn’t get this win without you all!

Bert & Cathy
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