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, July 6, 2012

Another check on the bucket list before the mission

There is a movie that Eric has been looking forward to that opens 2 day AFTER he enters the MTC. So he has made it perfectly clear that if we get an invitation to the screening of this movie that he WAS going with me. (Sorry Todd you just got replaced). I know that everyone feels bad that part of my job is to watch movies before they actually open. You have to do what you have to do, right? :) Well we did get the invitation to this movie and we watched it this morning… WOW it is good!!  I am not allowed to talk about it, but we were both impressed!  While we were in  SLC, we had to stop by and visit a pretty special kid, Tristan.
Tristan just had his life saving surgery yesterday and he has had an amazing attitude.  He was pretty excited to show Eric his cast on his leg.  What made me laugh was he was so tired from all the pain medication they have him on and he did not want to go to sleep that he kept asking for "Caffeine" so that he could stay awake.  Tristan told us how right before they put him under, he started to change his mind and told them to wait, well the medicine was already taking affect and he was asleep, but when he woke up he knew the surgery had already taken place and told them that he hated them.  It was so cute to hear him tell his story.  This has to be so frightening for these kids and yet they have such an amazing spirit about them.  It is very humbling to be around them.

1 comment:

  1. Hi my name is Cheryl. I was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2009 and also treated at Primaries. I don't remember how I came upon your blog but your attitude is an inspiration to me! Reading about other cancer experiences helps me to see that I'm not the only one that went through what I did. It helps to relate to others. Thanks for sharing your journey, even after treatment.