Monday, June 27, 2011

Monday Update

I know it has been a while since the last update.  Thanks for being patient!  I have lots of good great pictures to post!  Thank you to everyone for sending them.

Before that let me provide a quick update.  Dad had an overall good weekend with picking up Pima at the airport Friday, picking up his sister (Pam) on Saturday and seeing the McKnights.  We also celebrated a couple birthdays over the weekend.  On Sunday Dad was running a very high fever which is never taken lightly with cancer.  Luckily it came down early Monday morning and after some blood work he was cleared for chemotherapy.  He also had a chest x-ray Monday to rule out pneumonia or fluid in the lungs.  Although we haven't had our final results of the chest x-ray, the initial review looks very good and clear.  I am happy to say that dad is feeling quite well today and was very excited to pass some air in his windpipe (something he hasn't done in 4 weeks)!  This is a great sign!  We are anxious for him to have his PET CT tomorrow which will be compared to his initial scan in the hospital.  We will be able to measure his progress in the fight against this disease.  I am hopeful and praying to report good news.......  Either way he will finish his initial radiation treatments early next week and we will have his care transitioned completely to MD Anderson Cancer Center.  I want to send out a special thank you to 'Aunt Pam' for staying with mom and dad.  She has been very supportive and uplifting.  Thank You!

David, Staci, Lindsay, Trevor and Dylan Hansen (where are your shoes Lindsay!?!?)

American Cancer Society's Relay for Life - Team Possibilities (THANK YOU Lindsay!)

~40 members of the relay team wore Steve's bands for the 24-hour relay

Inspiration for Team Possibilities (financial support going to The American Cancer Society)

Matt, Jami & Ruby

Thank you Sanders Family!

Super Sanders

Grandpa and Grandma Hansen!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Good News!

I wanted to share a bit of good news that we just received.  The results of dad's MRI of the brain came back today.  It shows NO metastatic disease in the area, which means nothing has spread to the brain!!  Excellent news for sure.  This disease spreads so quickly and knows no boundaries.  It's great to know we started therapies before any spreading to the brain.

Thanks again for all of the love and support!  Tomorrow (Friday 6/24) Pima, my parents dog who was still in Saudi Arabia, will arrive in Houston.  I know dad will enjoy having Pima around.  She will stay at my house and will have a great friend to play with - my dog Graham.  Graham is a Golden Doodle and (I know everyone will correct me if I get this wrong) Pima is a Weimer Doodle.  They should get along famously.....

Keep the pictures coming everyone................

These ladies are ready to fight! : )
Mimi McKnight, Marcy Darsey, Victoria Holland & Stephenie Husband      Austin, TX
Mimi McKnight, Marcy Darsey, Victoria Holland & Stephenie Husband      Austin, TX

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Here ya go Dad!

More great pictures to post. Thank you for the support!  Check out dad at a "work" trip in Utah getting an Explorer out of a jam just below!
Your friends from TU Delft, The Netherlands: Ilja de Winter, Wiebke Athmer, Daria Tetyukhina, Wieske Paulissen, Geertje Strijker, Adriaan Janszen, Stefan Luthi

Monica and Lucy.  Picture taken @ 9PM in Alaska!!!!!!  Notice the daylight!

Monica, Lucy, and "muscle man" Mike w/ superman bands

McKnight Family - Aunt Linda and Grandmother Mabelyne - Thank you!!

Pappas Family - Florida

Pappas Family

Sending love and support from across the gulf!