Monday, June 29, 2009

Run for Fun for Brandon -- Sat, Aug. 1st ($25)

Run for Fun for Brandon!
10:00 am @ Sugarhouse Park


.... Registration preferred; Visit website below to register ....

We can’t go through chemo for him and we definitely can’t take care of him as well as Katie does - so lets run for fun for Brandon! As his friends, family, and loved ones we are holding a fun run event in our neighbor Brandons Plewe’s honor. We are asking for a $25 donation to register and we are also selling t-shirts for $12 each, with all proceeds going to the newly created not-for-profit incorporation benefiting Katie and Brandon to help them fight this cancer, BP's Multiple Myeloma Fund. Make sure to check out the fun run website for more details!!


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Back on Top!

So, after a week or so in the hospital, the doctors figured out the right medication to get the pneumonia under control. Brandon's infamous fever has stayed away for a couple days now, so...BRANDON IS GOING HOME!!! What a great Father's Day present!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Thursday, June 18, 2009

We Spoke too Soon!

Well everyone, unfortunately, over the weekend Brandon was re-admitted to the hospital. His fever continues to come and go, and the Dr.'s want to be able to keep a closer eye on things. A few days ago, they found some fluid in his lungs indicating the beginnings of pneumonia, so they had him taking antibiotics for it. His fever went down a bit, but when they took him off the meds, his fever came right back. So, they're trying to figure out how to get rid of this pesky fever once and for all.

There are 2 good things to look at though. One, Brandon has an excellent team of Dr.'s who are problem solving and working with him to get him feeling better as soon as possible. Two, after his kyphoplasty surgery last week, his back feels more stable.

Now that it has been a couple months since Brandon's diagnosis, it is really easy to lapse into thoughts that this is so terrible and to be angry and sad and upset that all of this is happening. All very valid emotions of course. I'm sure many of us feel like with all of our fasting and praying that Brandon should be cured by now! However, it is important for us all to remember to be positive and optimistic. The Lord is in control and has been very mindful of Doan's situation from the beginning. We need to rely on our Savior to give us strength, compassion, patience, and whatever else we may stand in need of. The reality is, cancer does not have a quick fix button (as much as we wish it did). So, we need to be patient, focus on and be grateful for the many blessings we have received so far since his diagnosis...

- Being able to be at Huntsman where Brandon is getting the best possible care
- Successful kyphoplasty surgeries that have strengthened his back and decreased his pain
- 2 successful chemotherapy treatments that have effectively killed off many, if not all, of the cancer cells
- A successful bone marrow transplant where the cells have continued to engraft and essentially begun to re-program Brandon's body
- Having such an amazing support system
- Having access to the Priesthood for blessings

Those are just a few of the many, many blessings we have to be grateful for. Please continue to sign up to fast, and of course, keep both Brandon, Katie, and their families in your prayers. We all need to continue to demonstrate our faith and trust that the Lord will make this all for our good. We appreciate you all so very much.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Finally Feeling Better

So, to be honest, the past few weeks have been particularly challenging. Even after Brandon came home from the hospital, he continued to fight a fever and just didn't feel good. It has been really hard for him to keep food down, and consequently has had very little energy. of Sunday, his appetite has been getting better and today, I'm proud to report that Doan said he is feeling really good! He had another kyphoplasty (the back cement procedure) today, and it was successful in that more of his back pain has been alleviated.

Please keep the fasting and praying going folks! For the most part, Brandon's treatment has gone very smoothly, but it isn't over yet. While it has been, and continues to be, quite a journey, we have all felt strengthened and uplifted because of the Lord's care which is a result of everyone's efforts to show their faith through action. Thank you so much. You will never really know the difference your thoughts, prayers, fasting, emails, phone calls, texts, and every other act of service and kindness has made. We truly feel so blessed.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

He's Home!

We are so, so, so excited that Brandon gets to go home to the Crockett's today! His fever has been down for the past few days, and he is ready for some R & R in a home environment rather than in the hospital. The doctors are happy with the way things are going thus far. They might do another kyphoplasty (the back cement procedure) in another month or so, but we won't know for sure for a few weeks. That's about it. We're so grateful that he gets some home time to gain strength and weight before the next round of treatment. Thanks for your continued support!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Happy Birthday!



Thank you for setting such an amazing example of love and faith. You have been and continue to be so strong. We are all learning from you and are here to support both you and Brandon through this difficult time. You're truly a remarkable person, and we all feel so blessed to have you in our lives. Your birth is a great reason to celebrate and we're so glad you're you!