General Update

This is Dawn! (As I may be signed in as Kery!). Things have been pretty great, Kery has been doing so well and is making so much progress, it’s quite awesome so see.

We spent this past Saturday with Beth & Gary and took a trip to Sundre. For two reasons: 1) so Kery and I could see for ourselves how much snow is still there and 2) so we could have our first ride in Beth & Gary’s new, and somewhat huge, truck, aptly named ‘Tiny’! We had lovely weather and saw a lot of wildlife on the journey, to and from Sundre. Wow, there is a lot of snow still there! Some roads in Tall Timber had been ploughed and were accessible, but the piles of snow were huge and we saw some shed’s which had succumbed to the weight of the snow on their roofs but no further major damage that we could see. We are hoping all the snow will have melted enough in time for May long weekend, so we can spend our first weekend there of the season. We then headed to Subway for lunch and then over to take a look at some trailers. We all then spent Saturday night with our besties, Michelle & Ailleen, dinner and awesome company – thank you ladies. And thank you to everyone for making my birthday great.

Kery has had a few sessions of acupuncture, and that coupled with eating a lot more, is giving her much more energy, so she is also able to do a lot more and go out more. Everyday brings new achievements for Kery and it is so great to see, may this continue on and on.

April 3

Kery has finished round 4 of chemo. This treatment seemed a bit easier, she has been going for acupuncture to help with the nausea and fatigue and it really seems to have helped. She has so much more energy and stamina and is eating so much more. She had lost so much weight that the oncology team expressed concern. Kery needs to eat her three meals a day plus drink 2 meal replacement drinks (like Boost or Ensure). It’s been a bit of a challenge but in true Kery fashion she has been determined to make it happen. She is feeling so much stronger and this means that she is better able to participate in and enjoy lots of activities. Kery and Dawn were out on Saturday and stopped by to see Kery’s brother Scott and nephew Chase race their RC cars and she still had energy to run errands. Then Dawn and Kery went out to watch the Hitmen game on tv with other fans at a local pub. On Tuesday Kery and I went bowling, then to Walmart and Pices Pet store. Dawn, Kery and I had dinner and watched a movie and I think I went to bed before Kery that night. Today she walked around half of Cross Iron Mall and waited patiently while I did my shopping. We made another couple of stops before I dropped her off at home. Then she and Dawn went to Walmart and Safeway but what makes this so special is that Kery did it all without her cane!!! She also experienced some spontaneous movement of her left arm and hand for the first time since her surgery.
Kery has 2 more chemo treatments, with a possibility of another 6. If treatment continues like the last round she will most likely complete all 12 treatments which would be amazing.
We are looking forward to taking a drive out to Sundre on Saturday to check out all the snow, then dinner with the Besties to celebrate Dawn’s birthday.
It is so wonderful to see some of the old Kery shining through and to hear the positive and encouraging comments from those who haven’t seen her for a while.
We are looking forward to more improvement, a great summer of camping at Sundre and Kery and Dawn enjoying a great vacation in England at the end of the summer.

acupuncture report

acupuncture seems to be helping with my energy levels. I have more energy , but still don’t have pre-treatment levels. I suspect it’ll be at least 1 month post-chemo before I start to feel normal again.

I am keeping up with the acupuncture in the mean time though!

March 20, MRI results

We are thrilled to be able to share the results of Kery’s latest MRI. We saw the oncologist today and he informed us that the surgical cavity is getting smaller, the swelling is diminishing and the rest of the brain looks “perfect”! Gary’s first comment was a question posed to Kery – “Was your brain perfect before???” Round 4 of chemo is scheduled to start tomorrow and along with some new medication Kery is going to try acupuncture to help control the nausea and fatigue. Dawn and I tried to get Kery to agree to letting us stick her with pins and needles but she is insisting on going to a professional. We are both disappointed in her lack of confidence and unwillingness to try out what we learned on YouTube.
Thanks to everyone for your thoughts, prayers and words of encouragement. As always they are very much appreciated.

follow-up

Monday I had routine follow-up with my neuro surgeon. as we looked at my most recent MRI, I asked how big my tumour was “BIG” was the response. when I pushed a bit, he told us fist sized!

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wow! and yes, there are still some brains left!’

good weekend!

Saturdaythe Besties came for a long overdue visit. it was great to see them!
Sundaywe went to Mom and Dads for brunch. dad and Dawn headed out to the Archery range, but had little luck. one place was closed and the other was too busy. another time perhaps. Mom and I stayed behind to watch Olympics.
Mondayhad Dawn and I on the highway, taking the new car out for a run. we also went to the Royal Tyrrell Museum. a museum dedicated to palentology. it was crazy busy, so we left and had lunch at Horseshoe Canyon.
another great day!

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it’s Been a Long Time

things are going pretty well. round 2 went better than round1. Round 3 likely starts Feb 21st.

Dawn and I bought a new car. it’s a Kia RondoEX. we love it!

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we’re taking a road trip to Drumheller on Monday to go to the Royal Tyrrell museum. it should be a good day!