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.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

So Much Excitement

I received a letter yesterday from Eric and then an email today.  All I can say is "Wow, he has grown up so much." 
Eric is so excited because they just got word that the complete translated Book of Mormon will be available by the end of this month.  He has been working with parts of the Book of Mormon that has been translated into Laotian, but is so excited to be able to have the complete book in his hands. 
Thursday he will also receive his travel plans for SACRAMENTO!!  It will be another indication that he is getting closer to spreading his wings in California.  I am so happy for him to be able to get out of the MTC.  With the training, lessons and teaching exercises, he is to the point where the best refining teacher will be "real life experience".  I can't wait to hear the many stories that will come from California.
A couple of weeks ago, Eric blew out his 3rd knee.  What is hard to believe is he sits in a classroom for hours on end and his knee sprung a leak again.  So he has been working with Hangers Prosthetic to not only fix his broken knee, but to find an easy solution for Eric while in California.  The good thing is there is a Hanger office in Sacramento.  So an extra knee has been ordered and he will be trained how to swap them out.  I know that this whole prosthetic leg situation has been a learning experience, but I wished that we started with Hangers from the beginning, instead of Fit Well, because Eric would not have been fitted with this particular knee to begin with.  This knee has been known to break down for no reason.  It is frustrating when you have a hydraulic portion of the knee break and start to leak oil all over your clothes... not pretty.

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