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.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Still here and doing well

Tonya was surprised Eric's Leg was sooo tall.

Tonya and Clint in front of their new home

We had a lot of fun with Tonya for the few days we were able to have her here.  Eric was planning on going to Elko to see Tonya's new house with me, but he could tell his blood counts started to drop Wednesday night and did not feel well enough to go.  Clint was a little bummed because he was looking forward to seeing him.  One thing we have learned is that plans change according to how Eric feels. 

Eric is walking more and more on a cane, which has made his leg pretty sore, but he really wants to get more mobile.  He went to open court at Salem Hills high school and was shooting the basketball.  He said that he has to relearn how to shot the ball, because he can't use his legs like he use to.  We will be going to the physical therapist on Monday to see what Eric needs to do to start rehabilitation.  What gets a little tricky is that the chemo treatments still messes with his body.  I know that what I need to do is shut my mouth and allow him to push himself to his limits.
Eric's 18th Birthday is coming up on July 1st!!  We are really glad that he will be able to celebrate his birthday at home.... not the hospital!  I am sure we will post some pictures of Eric blowing the candles out on his birthday PIE!  (He does not like cake, strange I know!)


  1. Did Eric tell you about Chase checking out his new leg? Chase came home that night and said he wants a cool leg like Eric's!!

  2. I love Clint and Tonya's new house! To bad Eric couldn't make it up to Elko to visit. i Love that sweet Tonya.
    Hope Eric has a good birthday. Keep the posts coming.