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January
22
2021

January 21, 2021

Dad had his final chemo session on Monday.  In about a month he will have a scan to review how he is doing.  We are hoping and praying for good news. He is feeling pretty stable at this point which feels like good news.  Vaccine on the horizon followed by spring.  We really want to get in some fishing.  Please continue to pray for strength.  We are all ready to get out of the house and enjoy family, friends and community in the months ahead.  Appreciating those times even more.   

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December
24
2020

December 23, 2020

A visit with the Oncologist provided surprising yet very welcome news.  The cancer is responding to the chemo and although the original outcome was a hope for a few months extension of life, there is now a possibility of remission.  This is really encouraging.  Two more treatments, another scan, and then more information to come.  Please keep praying with us.

December
16
2020

December 15, 2020

Birthday greeters - COVID style celebration - drive by 'open house'.  Dip net to receive cards and give out treats.  L to R, Pam Newby, Roberta Petersen, Dan the birthday boy, Cindy and Steve Pollard, Julie Petersen

December
7
2020

Chemo Session 4 December 7, 2020

Easy drive to his session this morning.  Traffic remains light.. Small blessings during the pandemic.    We discussed on our drive the importance of a good size television and having a properly working cell phone.   Two topics we can easily agree on and enjoy consideration of an upgrade to one or both with a birthday and Christmas on the horizon.   Looking forward to his 87th birthday one week from today.  Hoping folks will come drive by from 12-1 to say hello. 

Per the MD report last week these treatments do seem to be helping as the Cancer has not grown and is perhaps shrinking.   Feeling some hope and encouragement today and it certainly helps one to go through the process if it may in fact be helping.   We do know that prayers and words of encouragement from friends and family are appreciated and provide comfort and support.. Please keep them coming.   

November
29
2020

November 28, 2020

Dad continues to handle the challenges of each day.  He is adapting to the changes in his body due to cancer and chemo.  He's using the walker regularly, mainly to give everyone comfort that if he feels dizzy he won't end up on the ground.  The vertebrae in his back that was cracked has completely healed, so no pain lingers from that injury.  We are using all of the COVID health precautions, but supporting each other.  Pam and Jim will be living with mom and dad until their house is finished, now scheduled for mid February.  Dad has energy, his voice is strong, and he is very active on his phone and facebook.  He is mentally sharp and enjoys conversation.
We'll be celebrating his birthday on December 14 when he turns 87.  Please join us for an open house style drive by between noon and 1:00 on December 14.  We'll set up a tent if it's raining and have him outside so you can call out a greeting and drop a card if you would like.  He would love to see you that day.  Everyone is invited.  Please share this invitation with others.  Thank you for friendship and prayers.

November
16
2020

November 16, 2020

Chemo day...currently in 3rd out of 6 chemo sessions.  A rainy day and it's rough walking through the metaphorical mud.   Is this working?  What is next?  They always say the sessions will get shorter but then they don't seem much shorter.   Thanks for your prayers today.  

November
10
2020

November 9, 2020

We met with palliative care doctor today. She was very supportive of mom and dad. Dad feels pretty good. He has a good appetite and enjoys visiting via phone or social media. His goals are to be able to work in the yard and go fishing this coming spring. We pray that he can enjoy one more season. Today he said he wished his girls were going fishing with him instead of visiting with the doctor. We do too dad. We’re keeping the hope 

November
5
2020

November 5, 2020

I'm writing a brief post, starting with the end of the story.  Dad has B Cell Lymphoma, a very aggressive cancer.  We are celebrating each day of his life going forward as a 'bonus'.  The prognosis is rather grim (9 months), but dad has chosen to attempt to extend his life with chemo.  He's had two treatments so far.  There will be a total of 6 if he tolerates it and feels like it is worth it.  So far, so good.  We've been encouraged to recognize each holiday, birthday, and milestone together while we can.  He's hoping to be able to drive again and of course, get in one more season of fishing.  Thanks for your concern, thoughts and prayers.  They mean the world to my parents and to the rest of us.  
Cindy