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For the most part, our dad's journey has been filled with hope and has gone fairly smoothly. Bone marrow transplants are one big mix of bad and good, and we've been so thankful for the good. Dad's body took to Sandi's cells like a champ, that's the best part. That continues to be true, according to the lab work so far. But lately, he hasn't been feeling well, has difficulty with fatigue and a lack of appetite, and just seems somewhat "off" in how he feels. Thankfully he has an appointment with his Mayo clinic doctor today. He also has called to report the changes and had a med change that we hoped would improve his appetite, etc. So far it hadn't really turned around, so we'll see what happens with lab work today, and the conversation with the doctor. 

The last month was extra hard for recovery because dad's mom became ill and went on hospice. She was gone in a matter of days. This wasn't entirely unexpected, but it was of course terribly sad. Saying goodbye to a mother is never an easy thing. This meant many days without rest, a funeral and grief. 

Our parents also celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, so with the help of some friends, my sister and I tried to pull off a party. I say "tried" because we invited people via Facebook and in the church bulletin, but this ended up leaving out a lot of folks that aren't on Facebook and/or don't go to our parent's church. This is my way of saying I'm sorry if you weren't aware of the party! Many people have told us they wish they would have known, so of course we feel guilty that they didn't hear about it. It was open to everyone, of course, but there's no going back in time. Shoot.
Hindsight of course made it look obvious that we could have put in the paper or something, to reach more folks. Our heads aren't entirely clear these days. 

Please send your faithful thoughts and prayers to dad, for energy and appetite once again. The way he feels may be a sign of graft versus host disease so we'll be sure they are checking that today in Rochester. 

All the best, 


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  • sharon hansen : Once again love and prayers for all of you. What a journey. Thank goodness He never leaves you or forsakes you.
  • Nancy Baker : Praying for good reports for your dad, Heather, and renewed strength and health! May God strengthen, encourage, and comfort each of you as you mourn your grandma's passing and walk through so many challenges in life. I was one who did see the announcement about your mom and dad's anniversary party. Randy and I were very much looking forward to attending and planned to be there, but ended up staying home because of inclement weather and roads. How wonderful, though, that you were able to celebrate this landmark anniversary and your parents' marriage and years together!
  • Vickie Vogt : Will do of course in prayer. Hard times make memories and you need to take care of you and your family too. God will take care if your Dad of course because we are all praying for him. No pill for appetite. Happiness helps, however because it causes the endorfins in your brain to work better. With everything he's been through and the loss of his Mother, may have triggered something more deep inside of him while grieving. Anyhow, good news is that we are your prayer warriors and we are here to help!❤ Blessings to all of you😘
  • Ione Norling : Thank you for the update . Love and prayers continue ...... Safe travels today , praying a wall of protection surround you . Love , ione
  • Darlene Bechtold : Heather, Please give your Mom and Dad hugs from me to congratulate them on 50 years of marriage. I love both of those "guys" so very much. I hope and pray for good news from the visit to Mayo today also. You are all in my prayers. Love from Darlene Bechtold
  • Christa Otteson : Love to you all.
  • Kathleen Rodelius : Of course praying for the very best for Mike! Praying for answers and help for him...... Much love, Kent and Kitty