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, October 11, 2013

2 Years and still Clean

Eric went into the doctors this week for his usual checkup and scans.  Where he is in the mission field, I am not involved in the appointments or discussion (Duh!) but received the best voice message from Sister Lewis (President Lewis’s wife) saying that he received a clean bill of health and they celebrated his 2 years of being cancer free.  WOOHOO!!

I was expecting the news of cancer free, but it still is just music to my ears.  In his letter to me last week he said:
“2 years from today I finished up my last treatment.  Now I am on my mission being an old man in the mission (meaning he is on the second half of his mission).  The time is going so fast, but I love every second of it.  The Lord has really blessed me and I am really excited to see what will come next.”

He mentioned in his emails that his next appointment will be in April.  I said “Great that will be your last check up at UC Davis in Sacramento; the one after that will be back here at Primaries!!  He said “Mom now don’t be getting trunky on me!  I still have 9 more months to go before I can come home!”

Okay, but I still can’t help to get excited as the time gets closer for Eric to home.


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  2. This is great news! I'm glad he's doing so well. I think of you guys often.