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.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

The Weight Challenge

For the past month, Eric and Coach Phil DeGraffenried have been training for a face off of "Who can lift the most." 
Last month, according to Eric, Coach Phil had been working out and Eric told him he could beat him in who could bench press the most.  Apparently Eric won and Coach Phil said "Well you are a young kid."  Eric laughed and said "Seriously!  I just came off of Chemo and had NO muscles!"  Well they agreed to have a rematch, which happened yesterday.  If you have pictures of the rematch, please send them to me.  I heard there were a lot of people there including our favorite doctor!!

Dr Weenig came to cheer on the competition!  I asked Eric if Dr Weenig was there to doctor him up after the rematch.  :)  I can not say enough wonderful things about this man!  I truly believe that he was the miracle that came into our lives to get Eric the proper treatment in time!!  He is our angel!

From the sounds of it, last night was a close call.  Eric said that after several different areas of competition, Phil was ahead by a few points.  They went back to bench pressing and Phil pulled ahead of Eric by 12 points.  Eric was unable to do any because he felt a muscle in his arm pull.  The last round was chin ups and Phil was unable to do complete any, but had a comfortable lead.  Eric made it to 10.  He said that the last 3 were torture but he pulled it off and won the competition!!  He was proud of himself, but was impressed that Phil had made a lot of progress also.  It sounds like there will be another rematch!  :)  Good clean fun, right?

It is just wonderful to see the muscle tone and healthy weight come back.  I am asked all the time how he is doing and my response is ... "Well he has gained his weight back, his hair back and his sass back!"  He actually never lost the sass, but I love the twinkle in his eye!  Life it great!

1 comment:

  1. The sass is back here as well! But then, I don't think it left either:)