Monday, July 27, 2009

No News = Good News

So, these days, no news is good news! Brandon continues to be doing well. He has successfully put on 20 lbs. and is still packing down the calories each day with ease. He has been getting out of the house to go swimming, and going up and down stairs is becoming less and less of a challenge. Doan has moved on from the walker and is just using the crutches to walk. Hopefully, he'll be able to do some walking on his own in the next couple weeks. Rumor has it that he and Katie have even been able to get out and go on a few dates, just the two of them! YEAH!

The FUN RUN is coming up this weekend!! Come one, come all to Sugarhouse Park on Saturday at 10:00am! Check out the registration page and enjoy a fun day at the park in support of both Brandon and Katie and their courageous fight against multiple myeloma.

All things considered, Brandon is doing really well, but he still has a ways to go. He will be having another heavy round of chemo as well as another bone marrow transplant at the end of August. So, we appreciate your continued thoughts and prayers.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


Hello everyone.  It has been a little while since there was an update on Brandon's progress and I realized that is because our sister in-law, Laurel, has been out of town, so I guess it's up to me.

Brandon is doing so well.  We have had so much fun over the past couple of weeks because he is now strong enough and well enough to go out and do stuff.  Over 4th of July we spent the weekend up in Park City with my family.  It was so nice to get out of the house and have a change in scenery.  We went to baseball games, restaurants and to the pool.  Brandon did everything we did and we really didn't have to hold back on any of the activities we wanted to do.   

Brandon goes to the pool almost everyday with his mom to do some exercises.  He walks around the shallow end and even swims a little in the deep end.  I feel like this has really strengthened his back muscles and has made walking much easier.  He only walks with crutches now and is so close to being able to walk on his own with no assistance.

Brandon and I have been able to go on drives, get treats, go out with friends and go to church!  It has been so nice to feel like life is becoming a little more normal.  Of course we still have to be careful about who Brandon is around.  If a restaurant is busy we just don't go and it is imperative that he is not around sick people.  His immune system is still very weak.  

The next step in Brandon's treatment is the next round of chemo in mid August and then shortly after his second transplant.  He did very well after his last transplant so we are hoping the same goes for the second one.

Again, thank you all for your amazing support.  It is an amazing feeling to have everyone rally around us to get us through this.  We love you all.