You will have significant experiences.
I hope that you will write them down and keep a record of
them, that you will read them from time to time and refresh
your memory of these meaningful and significant things.
Some may be funny. Some may be significant only to you.
Some of them may be sacred and quietly beautiful. Some
may build upon another until they represent a lifetime of
special experiences.
- Gordon B Hinckley

Sunday, June 7, 2015

After Seven Treatments...

Dear Family and Friends,

Zac has had seven radiation treatments thus far (one less than scheduled because the radiation machine was down one day last week).  He’s already experiencing side effects, which we were really, really hoping to avoid.  He has been intermittently nauseous, has thrown up once, is having some pretty bad GI upset and is starting to get a little burned on his back.  No fun :-(  

But in all that there is good news. Overall, he’s tolerating it pretty well.  The extreme fatigue hasn’t hit him yet (still hoping that’s a few weeks off) and according to the oncologist, the nausea should stay pretty stable and not get worse.  So that’s something.  He also had another MRI of his cervical spine to check for tumors there, because in his previous eight MRIs there was never a clear shot of that area, and it showed no tumor.  Another great thing.  He is progressing nicely with his PT and has really embraced rebuilding his strength and his body.  On days he doesn’t have PT, he is swimming or walking or sometimes doing both!  He is also embracing this time at home to focus on the boys and is spending quality time with each of them.  Radiation happens each weekday at 4:15pm in SLO and only takes about 30 minutes.  He’s usually back home by the time I get off work and we have a little time to play before dinner, baths and bed.  

We have so much to be thankful for!  Those long days in the hospital seem so far away as everyday life has replaced those dark memories with happier ones.  Thank goodness for our children who keep our focus forever forward…and for making us laugh every day.  Thank you for your continued prayers and love for our family.  


The Bollinger Family

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