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.

Sunday, April 6, 2014


Eric has been teasing me for some time about extending his mission past July.  I had mapped out the transfers, which gave me an idea of when he will be release, being July 17.   The mission president first told him he would fly home on July 20th, which Eric questioned that date because it is a Sunday.  The mission home came back and said that he will fly home on the 22nd. .  I have questioned him a couple of times at the accuracy and he now is calling this date a "mini extension". 

 I have not received the official word from the church, but we are going to assume he was granted his "mini extension". 

Regardless, I have a date!!!  I am so excited for Eric to come home.  He is still not ready to leave the people he has come to love, but.....

We have been working on his schooling.  It has fallen on my shoulders.  I am not going to lie, it has been challenging, because there are questions only Eric could answer.  So it took some to time to complete.  We are still working on the financial aid end of his schooling, but it looks like we are narrowing down the focus.

At this point he will be home Tuesday July 22 and his homecoming talk will be the 27th.  Please save the date and I will update the blog as soon as I get the official word.


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