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.

Aug 27, 2008

Home at LAST

Hi Everyone,
Hurray...We are HOME!
We arrived home last Wednesday, by Air Ambulance. For those of you who know me, you know I hate flying in small airplanes. The takeoff and flight were okay, but the decent and landing made me so sick and it lasted forever (it seemed) But we landed safely.
I was able to runaway with my quilting sisters for the weekend while Darby and many caring friends watched over Earl. Thanks so much to all of you who helped out and made it possible for me to get a much needed break.
Earl was welcomed home by over 50 friends and family on Wednesday night and it was perfect. He had such a good time and it really made him realize how happy he was to finally be home. Our door is always open, if you want to stop by and say hi, and if you have a few free hours, I could always use a break.
Yesterday was the day we went to see Dr Wong, Earl's oncologist, to get the run down on the next round of chemo. He will have a ct scan tomorrow out in Selkirk and then Dr. Wong will be able to start...hopefully right away. Dr Wong does not seem very optomistic, but I explained to him that we have a strong faith and believe that with all we know and have Earl will beat this cancer. The new chemo is called gemcitabine and is fairly mild, compared to the heavy drugs used initially. There are not too many side effects, but nausea is one of them, and they don't give as much anti nausea medication with this one. He will not loose his hair, which made him happy and he will likely be quite tired. The effectivness of this chemo is not great (20 to 30%), but it is used in cases like Earl's specifically where the cancer has spread to the lungs. After this treatment they will check his lungs again and at that point determine if he can have lung surgery, or try another chemo regime.
Earl's incision is doing very well (in case you don't know, Earl had his left leg and pelvis amputated on June 26). He is getting around very well and starting to try bending down and was even down on the floor playing with Sauer this morning.
Earl is starting to get excited about the Terry Fox Run. Mark September 14 on your calendar and get involved on Earl's team...Earl's family and friends registration #: mb1529 we have sponsor sheets, so give us a call
Please keep in touch.... and if you pray please pray:
  1. that earl would continue to heal and get around well.
  2. that the equipement needed to help Earl around the house, and a wheelchair would arrive ASAP
  3. that Earl's pain would decrease and that the phantom pain would be bearable
  4. that the CT scan tomorrow would be very clear and give and accurate picture of the cancer in the lungs.
  5. that chemo would begin immediately and would be effective
  6. that earl would stay positive and enjoy each day.
Take care
Debbie

1 comment:

Earl & Ramona Reimer said...

Hey Earl
Welcome Home!
Guess you had your CT today, I'm having mine tomorrow. Feels like we're kind of in the same boat. Dr. Wong isn't optimistic with me either,BUT he doesn't know the amazing, healing God that we serve! Earl, it's my prayer that you and I together can show Dr. Wong the difference that Christianity makes. I pray that God performs amazing miracles in both of our lives. Can't wait to see Dr. Wong's expression! Earl (as in my husband) & I are moving on Sept. 1st to Winnipeg. We'd love to come visit you once we're settled in. Keep fighting Earl!
Take Care
Ramona

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