This will be short and sweet… because there’s not much news other than the fact that everything is going extremely well!
In late September, Jack fought off a new bout with pneumonia – it took a double round of antibiotics, but he finally knocked it down and has been doing better than ever! It is such a joy to see him get up and get dressed in the morning and feel quite chipper for the first time in almost a year. He often drives to the kolache shop for breakfast, followed by a short trip to Starbucks, where he sits and reads the paper on his iPad for a couple hours. It is such a healthy sign that he is out and about, even if it is only short, local trips. I should also add that he has no problem driving to the electronics store to check out the latest in computer “toys.” My heart just sings!
Jack had an all-day set of appointments on Wednesday at the cancer center – a bone marrow aspiration, a bunch of the usual blood tests, a visit with the pain management oncologist, a bone strengthening treatment, and a visit with his stem cell doctor. Six months have now passed since Jack had his stem cell transplant – so he was due for all the “baby shots,” as the transplant erased all of his earlier immunities. Six injections later, he is now immunized against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, hepatitis B, pneumonia, and the flu. And better yet, the doctor took him off of many of his post-transplant medications – yay!
In a couple of weeks, Jack returns to his regular oncologist and she will definitely re-start his maintenance chemo – it’s a light dose that will help maintain his remission.
We are ever-thankful for the support of all of you – you have made our lives so much richer in so many ways – and definitely made mine easier. Again, we thank you for the love, support, and friendship. You are loved!
Sue and Jack
It's Not What You Gather, But What You Scatter
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