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.

Jul 16, 2010

HI Everyone,

Please forgive me for not updating this blog. Life just seems to slip by and I forget. I was just reading my niece's blog (ithinkiwillgoforawalk.blogspot.com) and was reminded that there are many people out there that care and a want to know what is going on, but are too afraid to ask or too afraid to bother us. So for those of you and all the rest here is a long awaited update.

Earl is back on chemo and it is much more difficult that it ever has been, but in saying that the wonderful pharmacist's at St B are concocting many meds to help him.
He is currently taking 3 anti-nausea drugs to keep from being sick. They work for that but make him feel quite drugged for 2 days. Now in saying that it doesn't keep Earl down for long and he is anxious to see his friends and follow his hockey analysis. Coach Babcock has Earl keeping an eye on things for him and Earl takes it very seriously...making sure he doesn't miss a chance to call Mike and give him the latest news, concerning free agents, trades and any changes going on in the NHL. What would he do without hockey.....it's his reason for living.

Earl's chemo regime is two weeks on chemo and then 1 off always on Wednesday with bloodwork the day before and an oncology appt every 3 weeks. He will have some scans at the end of the month to see how the chemo is affecting the tumor that is in his right kidney, renal veins, inferior vena cava (IVC) and 2 chambers of his heart. The last scan did show that the chemo was working and there was no visible growth in the size of the tumor. The next scan should reveal more and we are anxious for that report.

We were hoping to get away for a holiday out east, but we don't want to take a break from chemo so we will hold on to that plan. so for now we are hanging close to home and looking forward to any excuse to get out for a few hours and have some fun together as a family. Our next very exciting outing is going to see BonJovi and Kid Rock tomorrow night. There are a whole bunch of us going so it should be a fun night....hopefully Earl will not get too tired.

Take care, have a good summer and give us a call.
Debbie

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