Posted on September 14, 2017
Josh here. Below is an update about my treatment, and other news...
I am currently in the final two weeks of my initial treatment with both chemo and radiation. The dosages of these have been low, which means the typical side effects of such therapy has been mild. We are very thankful for that.
In the month of October, during my 28-day break, Erica and I have made many plans. Auburn University's Athletics Department heard our story and have offered that we come to a football game (Ole Miss at Auburn) as guests of Coach Gus Malzahn. It has been such a treat to even think about this trip and I'm sure that day will be amazing.
We are also friends of another family who have invited us to stay at their beach condo over a weekend in October. It will be our first time taking young Hazel to the Gulf. We can't wait for her to play in the sand, eat fresh seafood, and experience a completely different landscape. I'm really hoping that this little two-year old's mind is blown at what will seem like a vast ocean across the horizon.
Erica's birthday is today (Happy B'Day, honey!) and Hazel's is in ten days. Her grandmother is throwing a birthday party that is sure to be one for the ages.
And speaking of Hazel's grandmother, my (Josh's) mom, was seen by a doctor over a week ago. After a few tests, the doctor informed her that she has a type of blood cancer: multiple myeloma. From what I've heard, it is incurable, but treatable - much like my own disease. Her treatment will be challenging, I'm sure, but we hope that she has many, many years ahead of her. She would certainly appreciate your love and prayers.
To put it simply, our lives have continued to be confronted with not-so-good news. We are trying to adapt to our new surroundings here in Birmingham. We are constantly having to adapt. Perhaps what seems extreme or even "rare" in one's life is not an anomaly, but simply the way life goes in reality - at least for some.
That word: rare. It's a word I've found to be better for describing a slab of meat's cook temperature rather than medical diagnoses. After all, it is not "rare" if you are the one with a supposedly infrequent condition.
So, our story keeps changing and we are so humbled by the support that we have received. The letters, gifts, texts, notes, and visits have really lifted our spirits.
Please share our story and I hope to have good news for you sooner than later.