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.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We are doing good, I promise!

The Linfords left this poem, and I love it and want to share it with you.  I know it is on their comment, but for those who do not look at the comments, here you go!

Cancer is so limited...
It cannot cripple love.
It cannot shatter hope.
It cannot corrode faith.
It cannot eat away peace.
It cannot destroy confidence.
It cannot kill friendship.
It cannot shut out memories.
It cannot silence courage.
It cannot reduce eternal life.
It cannot quench the Spirit

Today Eric has been visiting with a young boy that Dr. Randal told us about last night.  Ty lost his Right leg just under the knee.  He is a hockey player and Eric said he is learning how to skate again on his new leg.  He is 15years old and got his new leg not to long ago.  So this is still pretty new to him.

There is no doubt that there has been a lot of tears... from me, but Eric is coming to terms with the choices he has.  But I asked him if I could share a funny story from yesterday, so you know that Eric is still Eric...

With the last metho treatment, Eric kept falling asleep and did not suck on the ice and Popsicles like he should have, which means that he has some pretty nasty sores.  His lips look like he just got braces and someone punched him really good in the mouth.  The sores are healing, but his lips have some big mean looking scabs...Not attractive to look at, I am not going to lie.  Well when Dr. Spraker finished looking at his mouth, she commented that we did not need to worry about Eric making out with any girls.  I busted out laughing, because Eric had this look of "What are you talking about!"  And then she said as she is crinkling up her nose "Well I am just saying that this (and she points to her lips) don't look like something a girl will want to get close to."  Then Eric's look changed from outraged to "Don't challenge me!"  Gotta Love him! :)

1 comment:

  1. Eric, you are my hero. We are praying for you every morning, meal prayer and night. There is a great documentary on Netflix called, "Never Been Done" about a kid who has become a professional, world-class skateboarder and he has done it all on a prosthetic leg.