On January 27, 2011 Eric Merkley was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. An aggressive cancer that we hope and the doctors to this point seem confident that is contained to one spot on his leg. Prognosis is good. Treatments and recovery will be long and painful.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Uncle Tim's Visit

Uncle Tim stopped for the weekend on his way from Canada back to his home in Anchorage Alaska.  He not only came to give Eric his love but also to pick up his "Strength Endures Bracelet".  He is always quite entertaining, but we still love him!  Eric was eating apple sauce and giving the thumbs up in the picture, but it is hard to see.  Last night Eric wanted Ramen noodles, and I do not know how to make them like Grandma Reva made them.  I am not allowed to know the secret recipe (which I am okay with! :)), so Eric climbed out of his man cave to make his Ramen noodles.  He was in a hurry to get back to the cave and rest, so the noodles did not quite turn out as good as Grandma Reva's, but he still enjoyed them.  Then Tim and I promptly  ran for Mexican food!  I will say that, all is well and we are happy to be home. 

Tuesday we have a full day at PMC with MRI's, CT Scans, bone scans and appointments with both Dr. Randal and Dr Spraker to see what we are looking at on April 28th, the day of Surgery!!!!  Eric will have 3 weeks off of treatments, not only to have that tumor removed, along with his Fibula, but the time off will give Eric a chance to regroup and start to feel a lot better... and of course gain some weight.  Please keep Eric in your prayers so that when they do the surgery, he will be considered a "Good Responder"!  If 90% of his cancer is dead, he will be considered a Good Responder and will finish treatments on September 9th.  If he is a "Poor Responder" then he will have 12 additional weeks of treatments and they will add 2 additional chemicals into the treatment plan.  We have been so blessed in many ways through this process.  We have seen and heard stories that will break your heart.  So if you would please remember Eric in your prayers that his body has responded well to the Chemotherapy.  I will truly appreciate it.  I  know that because of all the prayers and thoughts of love and concern that everyone has sent our way, that Eric has been able to make it this far.  I can not thank you enough!!  We love all of you!

1 comment:

  1. Eric has been in our prayers! I hope your visit with Dr.Randall went well. We are thinking of you!!