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.

Jun. 7, 2008

June Update

Hi everyone,
It has been a few weeks since my last update and I thought it was time to send a new update.
Earl continues to remain at Concordia Hospital and will likely be there for a while yet. It's been a pretty rough couple of weeks and Earl is still feeling a fair amount of pain, which they are working very hard to bring under control. Earl's leg is in rough shape, with a huge blood clot (DVT), possible fractures in his femur and tibia and the latest news is that the tumor is back. We are currently waiting for the Dr's to decide what kind of surgery they will have to do to take care of the multitudes of problems. Last week was a week of bads news, and has left us quite devastated. Not only is the cancer back in his leg, but it has now spread to his lungs. We are waiting to see if lung surgery is an option and we are waiting also to see if Earl will be able to receive chemo. the Dr. here has said that he has given Earl all the chemo he can but that there is a Dr. in Toronto that may have other options. Let me tell you waiting is the hardest thing there is.
We hope to have news on all fronts soon, and in the mean time I want you to know that Earl is taking the news with a very positive attitude, He just said today that having a positive attitude is the best treatment there is.
For those of you in Winnipeg, please keep in touch with him and he loves to have visitors, for those out of town Earl does have a phone in his room 204-667-1560 room 228

Earl needs lots of encouragement to keep him up and the stories you share with him help alot. He had a special visit from Sister Ginger, who is the director of the day care he attended when he was four, and they had such a nice visit talking and sharing stories. Earl's favorite is how he used to ride around on a pink tri-cycle and terrorize the day care.

Anyway keep in touch
Debbie , Earl and Darby

1 comment:

Kitty said...

earl, debbie, & darby...
i came upon your blog when i was reading ramona's blog. i had the pleasure of meeting ramona and her family when she was in toronto for her surgery. i was diagnosed with the same type of (synovial) sarcoma as ramona and was treated by dr. ferguson at the mount sinai hospital . i can relate to earl because my tumour was in my leg (right behind my knee joint) and it made mobility difficult. after having surgery, the recovering process felt like i was learning to walk all over again, at the age of 26! i admire earl's resilience and courage. i don't spend my time wondering why this happened, but would rather live life to the fullest. i've been going to my checkups every 3 months and just a week ago, it was my 18-months 'anniversary'from the time i had my surgery. and everything looks clear. it's a haunting thought that i might have cancer again, but i remain optimistic because that's all one can really do. i believe that if your mind is in the right place, the body will heal. i'm sending my good thoughts and love to earl and your family.

- Kitty
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