Spinal Tap is Clear!

December 1, 2006 from Skip | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Spinal Tap is Clear!

Another even better day. Today Don looked and felt better than I’ve seen him in at least two weeks. “Astonishingly good” is how he described his own condition. He walked a number of times around the ward hallways. Last night he stayed up late, reading from 2 Corinthians and 1 & 2 Timothy, and was […]

Losing my Hair with a Little Help from my Boys!

December 2, 2006 from Skip | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, Photos, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Losing my Hair with a Little Help from my Boys!

You’ll understand what a good day this has been when you see below the 2 update e-mails sent by the one and only Don Valencia. The decision to stay at the hospital instead of going home in a couple of days was prompted by Don’s own sense that this would be the best way to […]

Gaining Strength in the Hospital!

December 2, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, Photos, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Gaining Strength in the Hospital!

Skip, Had a good night sleep last night (12:20AM- 8:30 AM with the usual nurse prods and pokes at the deepest part of your sleep). Good shower, eggs, bran muffin and a bowl of prunes. Heather slept over again and it was great to hear about the fun time she had with her small group […]

Talked with Jeff Trent at TGen

December 2, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, Quick Overview, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Talked with Jeff Trent at TGen

Just got off the phone with Jeff Trent, CEO of TGen and they are right in the middle of the analysis of my tumor samples. He is expecting to have results by Tuesday or Wednesday for Dr Lee. The results are DNA matched from my tumor with a number of factors that are increased and […]

Gaining Strength at Northwest Hospital

December 3, 2006 from Skip | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Gaining Strength at Northwest Hospital

Don continues to gain strength. Dr. Doug Lee is really pleased at how well he is doing. They moved him across the hall today to a slightly larger room with an expansive territorial view (can see Mt Rainier too). The nurse said it’s the best room on the floor. One of the nurses came and […]

Walking the Halls of Northwest Hospital

December 5, 2006 from Skip | Encouraging Times, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Walking the Halls of Northwest Hospital

We have the privilege of Don’s own report from late this morning. He is excited tonight, feeling good, feeling at peace, grateful to have another chance at fighting the cancer cells tomorrow. He walked at least 17 times around the floor today, and says he could have gone on much longer. His brother in law […]

Ready to Kick-Butt on Those Tumor Cells

December 5, 2006 from Don | Encouraging Times, Hospitalization, Photos, The Whole Story | Comments Off on Ready to Kick-Butt on Those Tumor Cells

I know it is early for a report today but I’ve had some good news so I thought I would pass it on. I have seen Dr Doug Lee, my Oncologist and Bill Ehni, my Infectious Disease specialist. They both think I look great and appear stronger than ever. So good that they are calling […]

Chemo Moved to Tomorrow!

December 6, 2006 from Don | Hospitalization, Photos, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Chemo Moved to Tomorrow!

One thing we have learned in this journey is that there is a lot of fluidity from day to day. The Taxol coordinator would not let us start the Chemo today although she is willing to have us start Thursday morning. That is still one day early and it is good just to know all […]

Home After 12 Days at Northwest Hospital

December 8, 2006 from Skip | Quick Overview, The Whole Story, Ups and Downs | Comments Off on Home After 12 Days at Northwest Hospital

Don is home! Heather brought Don home this afternoon after 13 days in the hospital. Don looks on every single day as being worth it, to take care of problems that beset him when he was at home after his first chemo treatment, and to strengthen and prepare him for yesterday’s second chemo treatment. He […]

Liver Drain Stops Draining

December 9, 2006 from Skip | The Whole Story | Comments Off on Liver Drain Stops Draining

Don is home! A good day at home for Don. Manageable pain, although the morphine makes him a little “loopy” so he has to concentrate on conversation. He had his white blood cell booster today, but not a full dose since his WBC count is good. The main news is that his drain has stopped […]

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