Journal 2018-02-24T15:04:44+00:00

February 2018

MRSA

By | February 12th, 2018|

We found out yesterday morning that Mike is no longer septic (PTL!); however, he does in fact have an infection.  He has an MRSA infection (commonly pronounced "mursa"), which if you are not aware is a staph infection that is resistant to a number of different antibiotics.  Now that they know what kind of bacteria they are fighting, his infectious disease doctor has honed in his meds to fight the infection the best way possible. We also found out yesterday morning that Mike's port was infected, so Dr. Ley came by to remove it, which throws a wrench into [...]

Chemo is Working!!

By | February 10th, 2018|

Yesterday afternoon we received a welcomed visit by Mike's oncologist, Dr. Young, and his surgical oncologist, Dr. Ley.  When Dr. Young looked at the tumor on his back, she mentioned that the necrosis of the tumor was not due to an infection rather it was a sign that the chemotherapy was working!  Dr. Ley agreed when he looked at it.  Ever since this battle started earlier this year, it seems like all we have received is bad news.  It was so refreshing to hear something good for once. While Mike's blood work tested positive for sepsis, Dr. Ley mentioned [...]

Bald is Beautiful

By | February 8th, 2018|

On Tuesday night Mike and I sat on the couch watching TV and catching up. I asked a question that I ask almost on a daily basis, "How are you doing?" His answer is usually pretty short and sweet, and he never seems to complain about his situation. But this time, he mentioned a new side effect - his hair was starting to fall out. This was pretty much inevitable given the radiation treatment he has been receiving on a daily basis. I made a promise to him early on that if he ended up having to shave his [...]

Finding the Silver Lining

By | February 5th, 2018|

Yes, even amongst cancer, if you look hard enough you can still find the silver lining. In fact, you don’t have to look far to see and feel the support Mike and our family have felt. The phone calls, texts, donations, food, thoughts, prayers – all of it, we feel it. Having our oldest sister fly in last week to spend time with Mike filled our cup! This last weekend, our Aunt, Sandy, drove in from Illinois just to show to support. These visits, albeit short, mean so much to Mike and my mom. We all find weekends a [...]

January 2018

Treatment Begins…

By | January 28th, 2018|

Hi all! It’s Becky writing today... Mike’s oldest sister for those who don’t know me. I’m currently 10,000 feet in the air flying home from a visit with Mike this weekend. A quick trip to hug him, talk face to face and keep him company. Much needed for both of us! This past week was big and moved rather quickly. Mike completed his first round of chemo on Wednesday (Jan 24). That same day, he was fitted with his radiation mask (google it...it’s pretty wild). Radiation of the lesions on his brain started on Thursday (Jan 25). He will [...]

Day 1 of Treatment

By | January 24th, 2018|

First, let me start off by saying thank you to all of the people who have so generously shared and given to the Go Fund Me page that was set up for Mike. The funds have already proven to be useful in this journey. Secondly, I apologize for the lack of updates lately. We have been playing a little bit of the waiting game, and I (Warren) have been sick for the past couple of days. Today is Day 1 of treatment for Mike, but let me back up a little bit and give everyone the most up to [...]

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