Saturday, June 1, 2013

May update

The month of May went pretty good and flew by.  The feeding tube is working well and I've gained some weight.  People around me say I continue to look better.  I am feeling a little bit more energetic, and don't nap as much.  The next challenge is to get out of bed sooner.  I have continued going in to work in the afternoons.

We just got back from a week on the east coast.  We took the train out to Connecticut for my cousin's wedding on Memorial Day.  The train was a good experience for the kids.  We were in a family sleeper from   Chicago to D.C.  They had lots of fun playing on the bunks up high.  Leann compared it to camping.  We took the train because I wasn't comfortable flying yet.  My lungs have been doing good the last  month or two.  We also spent the weekend in Rockville and left the kids with Leann's cousin while we went to the wedding.  It was good to have a couple nights just as a couple.  I'm glad we made the trip.

On the medical front, the genetic testing that Mayo's did showed some genetic mutation and leads them to a certain drug as the next step.  They are currently fighting this out with insurance and we are just waiting.  I'm not too anxious to start another drug as I'm enjoying the chance to recuperate.  So for the moment I am not doing any chemo.

Thanks to all who have helped us in various ways.  Thanks for all your love and prayers!
Derek & Leann

What I'm Learning From Cancer #14
Appreciate your wife & children more – It’s amazing how when it looks like you are coming to the end of your life, it’s much easier to forgive minor faults and be thankful for the big things.

I know this one is short but it really doesn't require a lot of explanation.   Just be forgiving and kind to those around you and you'll surprised how well things go.


  1. We're so thankful we were able to spend some time with you and your children while you were out here. Our prayers will continue. -Paul and Betsy

  2. Derek - I'm thankful to hear the good report! We are praying for you!! Eph 4:31-32. Love, Kevin & Jody