Monday, May 12, 2008

Round 7 & John McConaughey

Tyler started round 7 of chemotherapy early this morning. It will take until 4:00 or 5:00 this afternoon. He should be able to come home after that, and then head back to start again in the morning. This round is a new chemo mixture, so we do not know how the side effects will go. Then round 8 will repeat round 6. We are still attacking all those sub-detectable cancer cells. Tyler is going into this very strong and in a good frame of mind. Although the delays have been frustrating, the extra time to recuperate has been good. Their trip to grandma's house was very good.

When Tyler was only 4 months old we moved to Dublin, Ohio from Virginia. Since we were not sure where we wanted to live, we moved into the Dublin Village condos with our 3 sons (Erik was not yet born). The same day, in the same building, moving from California with their 3 young sons, was John and Barb McConaughey. That day they became our first friends. Our friendship has lasted 16 years, even after we bought homes and moved further apart. John is the calmest and most unshakable person I know. Always calm and with a smile. We have had a lot of great times sitting in his sun room over a beer or watching the Coffman 4th of July fireworks from his front yard. We always had a fun evening when we got together. They are great friends and a wonderful family.

Last week, at age 52, our good friend John McConaughey lost his 2 1/2 year battle against cancer. Even over the past 2 1/2 years he never lost his smile or his confidence. I think he enjoyed the fact that he fought the cancer much longer than any of the docs said he could.

Please keep Barb and the boys in your thoughts and prayers. Brenton graduates high school next month (with our son Travis). Chris and Ryan are in finals at college, Ryan is about to graduate from Virginia Tech.


Cathy Sankey said...

Dear Tyler,

Good luck in this new round of chemo. We know that spring is here and with it comes a renewal and rebirth of life-- that is what we hope for you. We'll be with the Hilltoppers at today's baseball game and will be thinking of you-- just a stone's throw from your home. Take care.

Mrs. Sankey

deyerles said...

Dear Tyler,

Praying for a speedy round 7 and a new score!

Tyler 7 Cancer 0

Fight to Win!