Monday, June 16, 2008

It is Starting

Tonight we make our first run down to Stanford. I have appointments all day tomorrow so we are going ahead of time. More appointments later in the week and then the real treatment begins a week from today. I will be at home for most of July and the first part of August and then in the hospital for late August and most of September if everything goes right.

I feel as though I am entering uncharted water. I don't really know what to expect other than it is going to be really hard and probably pretty ugly. I don't know how I am going to respond to each of the different phases of the treatment. Am I going to be more tired, more nauseated, more weak? No way to know without doing it. My plan is to keep doing what I have been doing. Take it day by day and be as grateful as I can for what I've got. I feel really lucky that I have an old friend Thomas who lives near the hospital that has opened his house to me and my care takers. That is going to be a huge help.

I am still feeling pretty good as of late. The pain in my hip/ leg has gone down quite a bit and I am getting around really well. In general physically I am feeling good. I am just feeling nervous about the whole BMT process. I just really hope that it produces results. Only time and effort will tell. I have plenty of energy left for the effort. I wish there was a way to speed up the time and just get it done.

That's all I've got for now. I'll check back in when I get a chance. Just know I am going to be pretty busy for the next two weeks.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

ale`ale`ale`ale`ale`ale`
Ride strong buddy and know that we are blanketing the road sides to give you love and support!
pantani

Ty said...

Wishing you all the best...

Ty

Heather Brooks Freer said...

Go Spence, Go!

We're thinking of you and cheering you on every step of the way!
H

Tina and Mike Mowrey said...

You can do it, Spencer....hang in there and when in doubt - paddle and shout! You WILL get through this!

We think of you EVERY single day and wish the very best for you.

Love and hugs,

Tina and Mike

Anonymous said...

Best of luck to you!

Anonymous said...

strength brother


Namaste

Tyler and Sherri

Marc and Laurence said...

Just when you think its time to pull the skirt and swim try one more roll and you will come up for air and keep paddling! Dont give up - we are thinking about you everyday -
Hang in there buddy!
Cheers
Marc

Anonymous said...

hey spence, hang in there. you WILL beat this thing. were all praying for you. Dan

Anonymous said...

Spencer-
We are thinking of you here in Montana. Even though we have never met and are only related by marriage/step/adoption (ask Cathy & Cris), we can't wait for you to come visit Big Sky Country and join us on our new 13' Aire Tributary. Our girls are the same age and we'll all have a blast. Stay strong and positive.

Stephanie

Anonymous said...

spencer...fortes fortuna juvat in latin, or fortune favors the bold in english

Judi said...

Thinking only the best for you. Just remember that awesome family you have to support you thru out this process. Take each day as they come and definately count your blessings cuz ya got quite a few of them.

bikesgonewild said...

...just sitting back here quietly, spencer...thinking, watching, listening but always sending you & yours my best energy...

...if you didn't have such a strong deep spirit, i'd be worried...

...if you weren't surrounded by so many amazing & righteous people, i'd be worried...

...if i didn't think modern medicine could pull off some miracles these days, i'd be worried...

...but you're enveloped by a critical mass of goodness, so i'm not worried...

...concerned...to the point of feeling overwhelmed thinking about your situation at times but i'm too busy believing in you, to let it get to me...

...you & the c/hawk...stay good, stay strong...see ya...

katie liz said...

Spencer,
We are often thinking about you and Sarah and Cassidy and Dana. We wish all of you strength and patience and courage and love.
Cathy and Ray

Anonymous said...

Hang tough, Spencer.

The Wells are pulling for you!

k, b, b, s

Anonymous said...

You and your family have experienced your share AND MORE of uncharted waters....you have shown you are capable of handling the unknown...keep fighting, be brave, stay strong, be kind to yourself...you and your family are in our thoughts