Alec Finished Chemo…Time for a New Plan

I haven’t written a blog post since last May, sorry I haven’t been keeping it up. It’s okay though, you’ll get over it. This post will catch you up on everything.

Finished With Chemo!

Last Chemo TreatmentAl started his first chemo treatment in December of last year, and last week he finished his 12th and final treatment. The treatments were awful and he hated them, but he sucked it up and did what he had to do. The chemo shrunk the tumor a little, but it didn’t do enough and we can’t stop here. After meeting with doctors over the last few weeks they came up with a new treatment plan that is going to start at the end of January.

1208151336Although he has been doing the chemo thing for the past year, he still had a lot of fun. My parents have been spoiling him and they have traveled all over the place. Over the last year, he and my parents have been to Spain, London, Italy, New York, Florida, and bunch of other fun places that I will probably never get to see.

 

The New Plan

Alec will spend the next 6 weeks recovering from his last chemo treatment in preparation  for radiation. His radiation oncologist is confident he can put Alec’s tumors into remission. But, of course he is going to say that. Radiation consists of a daily visit to the LDS Hospital in North Salt Lake. The whole ordeal takes about 3 hours. He will make these daily visits for 4 1/2 weeks.

1204151425After radiation is complete, Alec will move to Boynton Beach Florida for 6 weeks where he will receive treatments to correct his damaged immune system. He will literally be right next to the beach! When he is not on the beach he will do a series of stem cell treatments and bunch of other stuff that I can’t explain. The reason they are doing this is so Alec’s immune system will be strong enough to fight off the cancer cells when they reemerge from their dormant state that the chemo treatments have put them into.

And Now A Word From Al Pal Himself

“I am extremely grateful for all your prayers on my behalf, I have felt the blessings. I am also grateful for all the people who have come over and visited me. Thank you for all the well wishes and delicious treats. I am glad I can be done with the stupid chemo now, I do believe that the worst is behind me. Because of the radiation I have to do every day and the month I’ll spend in Florida, I have decided to drop out of school for the semester. So, I will be home and bored all the time now. If you are ever home and bored, come over and we can chill and play video games, in fact, I would love it! Thanks again and Merry Christmas!!”

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7 thoughts on “Alec Finished Chemo…Time for a New Plan

  1. Gina Wescott December 20, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    Alec,
    I have been through similar experiences with Cancer and Radiation and Chemo, but not nearly as intense as you. My heart is bursting with good thoughts and sincere prayers being sent your way. I too know the power of prayers! Sounds like you have an amazing support team, doctors, etc. to help you along this path. It also sounds like you have an attitude of gratitude and that is so important! I had to work VERY hard to keep my brain in a POSITIVE state while enduring many trials, both directly and in-directly related to my cancer fight. You hang in there and continue to look for the silver lining wherever you are, i.e. the BEACH! Have a very Merry Christmas!!
    Love,
    Gina Wescott – from the old-old ward 🙂

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  2. Christy December 20, 2015 / 9:37 pm

    We pray for you all the time Alec. We wish you the very merriest of Christmases and so glad you are thru with chemo!!!!

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  3. Russ and Dixie December 20, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Alec, you are such an amazing young man. We thinks so much of you and your family. Stay strong, we love you! Russ and Dixie Simpson

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  4. Jennifer Jones December 20, 2015 / 10:36 pm

    Alec – you need to hire a new press secretary. Braydon stinks! (Just kidding – we love ya, Braydon.) Glad to hear chemo is behind you and the beach is ahead. We’ll be sending our best wishes and prayers with you.

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  5. Jen Affleck December 21, 2015 / 8:10 am

    Alec, we have prayed for you and will continue to send our love and prayers your way as you embark on a new journey. You are a survivor! YOU ARE A SURVIVOR~ so much meaning in those four words that you own! You have endured chemo treatments well and with an inspiring spirit! We will watch from the sidelines cheering you on as you embark in Florida! Merry Christmas- we love you! 💕 -The Afflecks

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  6. Abby December 21, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    Ooh Florida. I wonder which you will like better… Florida, or Europe! Love ya. Abby

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  7. Karla Little December 21, 2015 / 11:38 pm

    So, Florida huh? Do you need an old lady and an old man to go with you? We’re lots of fun.
    Puzzles? Cards? Gary knows alot of jokes. I know a magic trick! You’d never be bored! We have references. And we’re almost like family-Please consider us! P.S. We DO love you! Wish we could take a turn (or several turns) doing your radiation. But you will be in our hearts, positive thoughts, and prayers!
    And PEASE take us with you to Florida.

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