Wednesday, December 17, 2008


We've decided to go to Arkansas so I can receive Dr. Barlogie's treatment protocol. We met with Dr. Rifkin on Monday and everything about that seemed to suggest that this is the way to go. We are waiting to receive my schedule from Arkansas and then we can finalize our plans. In the meantime, we've put our names in on a condo to rent. I'm thinking the start date is likely to be January 3rd. Julia will drive down with Susan and could stay for as long as a month, as she has some flexibility in her class schedule. We've already had many offers from friends to come down to Little Rock to help out for a long weekend and I'm thinking we're going to have to put together a schedule. On one level it seems to be quite a dramatic turn, and on another plane it all feels very natural.

I'll be much more diligent in my blogging and invite all of you to start posting comments so we can feel connected to all our friends.---just let us know what's going on in your lives. My recollection about my last transplant is that my blog is a large part of what kept me going----so let's do it again, and then again, just for grins!

I suspect there won't be a Christmas letter coming out this year, so you'll have to let this suffice. We wish you a very happy holiday season, and extend to you our deepest gratitude for everything you have done for us over these past few years. We are enriched and nourished by your support and friendship.


Pardes said...

I just bounced in here from another blog where you are listed as a "follower."
My very best wishes to you and your family during the months ahead.
May I suggest that you add a "followers widget" to your blog so more new friends can follow and interact?
A dear friend of mine in Israel (with multiple myeloma) went through the stem cell transplant, weathered it very well and is still doing well two years later defying all the odds.
Bravo and ditto to you!
Keep us posted! We'll do the same.

shawnandjaike said...

Hello Susan, Dan and Julia,
Well I just left a voice mail on your phone and THEN read the blog. It seems that you all are probably in Arkansas now. I too would like to volunteer to come help, cook, clean, or whatever while you are going through this time. Arkansas is a heck of alot closer to NC than Colorado. Let me know when you need me. Although my cooking is no where nearly as good as Susans, it's not too awful. Thinking of you all. love, Shawn