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!
Al 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.
Although 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.
After 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!!”
Put Another One In The Books
Round two of chemo is finally over! Up until now he was feeling and doing really well. The chemo is starting to catch up with him. He started the second round of chemo on Monday, and got a hit of it everyday until Friday. He says he just has that nauseous throw up feeling all the time combined with feeling super tired all day. He isn’t looking for sympathy, but if your leaning that way… he likes apple pie a lot! He still went to school everyday this week though, that alone shows how tough he is. All he has to say is “I don’t feel well” and he can stay home. He is falling behind in school though, but he is doing what he can to keep up.
I moved back up to Rexburg this week :/, so I wasn’t there to beat him in his video games, and help him through the week. But, he still has some of his almost as favorite family members at home to help him out. I do skype with him a bunch though. The pic on the right was from us skyping today. We both dyed our hair to a darkish redish color!! We are probably both in the top 225 list of the best looking dudes in Utah, which is pretty impressive when you consider how many guys live in Utah.
Jake the Dog Flies in Wednesday
Wednesday morning, at like 7 am, we will pick up Jake the Dog from the airport. Everyone is pretty stoked about it, except for the mom. It’s okay, she will get over it. Love you mom 🙂 We will have lots of pictures of him for next weeks post. Also, next week I will give you more details about a couple huge tests that are coming up. Depending on how these tests go will determine if he needs to start doing radiation treatments along with the chemo stuff.
Al started his chemo treatments on Monday of last week on the 1st of Dec. They are letting us do the treatments from home! The nurses came over, and taught his dad, Brad, how to be the doctor. It went pretty smooth for his first go around. They have him taking two kinds of chemo’s. One is called Irinotecan and the other is called Temozolomide. The Irinotecon is given through the port they put in his chest, and the other is in pill form. He will be given each drug for 5 days in a row every 28 days. Today is now the 14th and Alec is feeling a little nauseous every now and then, but other than that it hasn’t been too bad. He still has a smile on his face all the time except when his dad beats him in the new Super Smash Bros game! It only happened once, but it was all Brad needed to be on a natural high for a few days.
Alec is the biggest nerd ever, in the pic you can see his Dr. Who belt ha. If you want to get Alec a gift or something he loves anything Dr. Who. He also likes brownies. I have also heard that Alec’s brother, Braydon, will be in town from school during the Christmas break, and he also loves brownies! Feel free to drop by and visit with Alec anytime with some goodies!