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.
Eric just called and he has cleared security at the airport. He is so excited to be on his way to Sacramento!! I asked him if the security was a pain to get through with his leg, and he said that after he went through the body scanner, they swabbed his leg for explosives and that was it, he passed.
So needless to say, he is on his way. We had a great talk. He was craving information from home... as if he does not get a lot from me in my letters. :) He said that he feels like he is alive again and no longer a zoombie at the MTC. It is interesting how different personalities handle the MTC. Eric is not one to be saddled in a chair all day long, but I am sure proud of him sticking it out and making it to the end. Now all the work will begin.