His Journey with Cancer

Congratulations to this years NHL Alumni Ace Bailey Award for Courage our man Earl!!!!!

Darby and I (along with 26 others) were there to accept the award for him. It was a grand event, but could never compare to the grandness of Heaven.

Jan. 19, 2008

Latest News

The latest news (yesterday) is not too good. We saw Earls physio this week (Tuesday) and she was concerned that Earl's leg was way too flexible and the movement did not seem normal. She called the surgeon, we went for xrays and yesterday the Dr. confirmed that the prosthetic has moved....which also means it is loose. He thinks Dr. Wunder will want to see Earl to determine what the next step will be.

For those of you praying for us, could you pray that the call comes quickly and that the fix will be an easy one. Also pray that we will be able to continue with our travel plans and most of all for strength and courage for Earl and add energy to that for me.

Jan. 12, 2008

Think about this!

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD!

Difficult moments, SEEK GOD!

Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD!

Painful moments, TRUST GOD!

Every moment, THANK GOD!

Could It Be True?

Hi Everyone,
Could it be true....is this it.....are we done? These are questions we have been asking ourselves alot these past few days. Earl completed his chemotherapy on January 08th, received 2 units of blood on January 09th and left St. Boniface Hospital on January 10th for what we hope is the last time. Dr. Wong wants to see us in 3 months for follow up and will continue to see Earl after that on a follow-up basis. I have to admit that I feel this is very surreal and I am not sure if I have taken it all in. Time will tell and as the days go on we will adjust to life outside of the hospital. I am exhausted and need some time to process the events of this last year and Earl needs time to rebuild and strengthen his leg, and body and get back to living life.

We have so much to be thankful for and really want to take time to thank all of our friends and family who have been there for us, praying and supporting us throughout this past year. A very special thank-you is due to the Staff on 5B and Cancercare at St. Boniface Hospital who cared for Earl and me at times. You are a special bunch of people and we know that you love what you do because you showed it in so many ways. Going into hospital for each treatment felt like having a sleepover at a friends....Earl was never frightened or worried about being admitted, because he knew "his friends" would be there. As well, I think Earl brought a lot of joy to your lives and he has this ability to burn a hole in your heart.....You will have a hard time forgetting Earl Cook, if you had a chance to get to know him over this past year.

We are thankful for the many answered prayers and that Our God is an awesome God.

PSALM 48: 14

” For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end. “

This is a verse that we became aware of recently and reflects how we feel today.

We will continue to keep you posted on our BLOG and keep you up to date on Earls recovery.

Praise God.....Earl was granted a WISH trip and we are travelling as a family to Hawaii at the end of March. We will post some pictures, so you can see the joy on Earl's face.

Take care and please keep in touch....
Debbie, Earl and Darby

Jan. 1, 2008

Happy New Year Everyone!

HI Everyone,
Well we are gone with the old and hopefully the new will shower us with blessings!

We had an okay Christmas, best of all was time spent with family and friends. Earl feels so loved by our family and we are thankful for how they have accepted him. To start off the new year Earl will celebrate his 20th birthday tomorrow. We are having a small get together and will go out to Ichi Ban for dinner on the 3rd. I thought it would be a fun place to go given his interest in cooking and culinary arts. He will love how they toss their tools around. After dinner it's off to the hospital to get ready for what we hope will be his last treatment.
Hallelujah!!! He has had a pretty good break and is looking forward to finishing. One of the difficulties will be saying good bye to all the nurses and staff on 5B, where he has loved and been loved by so many. He says he is looking forward to having them as friends rather than care givers after all is done.
We wish you all a Happy New Year and pray that those of you who are dealing with cancer will be blessed with good health and a good response to your treatments. For others we wish you a year of good health and joy beyond belief. Let us all be thankful for what we have and help those around us, as we struggle through what life brings us.
Take care, keep in touch
Debbie, Darby and Earl

Getting to know Earl

Getting to know Earl
Earl and the Kickers

Earl's Trip To Minnie

Earl's Trip To Minnie

Checking out the New Guys

Checking out the New Guys
Earl and Paul Lapolice

Earl Cook

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