Happy New Year – Take Two

Posted by Casey on February 2nd, 2010

January sucked. It’s that simple. It was a reminder of how ridiculously short/painful/trying life can be. It started with the continuation of my chemo cycles and an overwhelming amount of work. And it turned into the most difficult loss our family has ever experienced, through the passing of my sister & brother-in-law’s unborn son. It was all a reminder of what is precious in this world, what is important and what is insignificant.

It left us ready to start a new year, now. So that’s what I’m doing.

And this new year started with better news. While the chemo continues, it is going well. I spent part of last week in Houston for monthly checkups. In one line from my MRI report: “Mild improvement in the multiple foci of enhancement in the left insular region. This may represent response to treatment. There is no evidence of tumor progression.” It’s about the best it could be. Next week starts chemo round #4.

I hope you are all doing well.

In memory of Owen — I love you.


12 Responses to “Happy New Year – Take Two”

  1. Steven Warren

    I’m so happy to hear that you’ve had some positive response to the chemo… Let’s have lots more of that!!
    And on the flip side, my heartfelt sympathy to your family as Owen didn’t make it into this world. A loss such as this does indeed remind us all of what’s truly important — and you, my friend, have certainly had plenty of reminders. I’ll keep your entire family in my thoughts. Good wishes & love to you ~~

  2. Casey — so relieved to hear the chemo is working. I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to endure the treatment and what kind of strength it must take to maintain your optimism. And I’m so sorry to hear about Owen. To your point, it is a new year with new possibilities. T. and I would love to come by or try and get together for dinner somewhere. We miss you and it’s been way too long.

    Thinking about you — Love, Lara & Toby

  3. Melanie Paape

    I am so sorry to hear about Owen. It pains me to even imagine something happening to my children, I cannot even begin to comprehend how it feels to lose one. We think of you often and I am glad that the chemo appears to be having some success. Take care and I hope the rest of your year begins to look up. Miss you.

  4. Love to Jill & Ben… and good luck with round 4!

  5. Angela Dalton

    Thank you so much for lunch the other day. It made my day to see you. You look wonderful and your strength is amazing as always.

    My heart goes out to your family. Sending prayers their way.

  6. Casey, hello!
    So good to hear about your progress. But sad about baby Owen. News like that Just breaks my heart…


  7. Casey, I’m so happy to hear that your treatments are going well. I think of you all the time and send you prayers and good thoughts. I’m also very sorry to hear about your little nephew. My deepest sympathies to you, your sister & brother-in-law and your whole family. Owen was too good for all of us. xoxo L

  8. Dear Casey –

    So, so happy to hear that the chemo treatments are doing the job…hang in there! I can only imagine the pain from the loss of Baby Owen – wonderful name. I’m sure he’s among other family members watching over us all. Jill, Ben, your Mom and Dad, and you are all in my thoughts and prayers.

    Love you – Aunt Lucy

  9. Karen Andrews

    Hey Casey – I’m so sorry for your family’s loss of Owen. That is so sad and so unfair. We are glad the scans were as good as could be expected, though. You are amazing. We are heading down to Houston ourselves in a couple weeks.

    I hope we can get that dinner we talked about scheduled … it’s harder and harder for Todd to get out these days, but I think he’d want to try to make it work in order to see you. He’s got some major “battle fatigue” going on and I think talking to you would help! Take care.

    - Karen Andrews

  10. Casey,hope every thing keeps going well with the thearapy and you stay healthy. Don’t want to dwell on Jill,Ben and Owen,but we feel a great loss and pain.You all are more than welcome to come to cowtown[Sacramto]when ever your out here.Tell your mom i made a stepe past googling.Take care and love ya,Uncle Joe

  11. Casey; I tried to post here last week, but my computer dropped the connection. I don’t know if you remember me, I used to work with your Dad. I just wanted to send my heartfelt sympathy to the family, and especially Jill, and Ben. I’ve been through this myself, not full term, and I can only imagine how hard it is to find yourself in the middle of that. My prayers are with them. I’d also like to take the opportunity to say a little to you. I’ve watched you through these many years, and have marveled at your strength, faith, and attitude. You have been quite a hero to me, and I’m hoping your example will help Jill and Ben to keep moving forward. Take care of yourself, and tell your Dad to keep me posted.

  12. Janna Sundby

    Hey Casey – thanks for sharing the news. I’d like to get on your calendar for brunch with Alfonso and Julie Boyden – one of these next Sundays. How about 2/14 or 2/28? On the 21st we’re giving blood, so I’ll likely be out of it. Or early March works too. Alfonso has a place in Nordeast he wants us to try – so pick the date and I’ll organize the kids! Janna