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.



Jules said...

Thanks for the update Katie. I'm so glad to hear that Brandon feels stronger. I'll bet it was great to get to the mountains to be revitalized. You're both in our thoughts and prayers. Warm hugs to you both.


Laurel said...

Hooray! Since we got back into the country this morning, and I was feeling guilty for neglecting the blog, I logged on to post something and was happy to see that you already took care of it! Looks great! We LOVED your update! Everything is on the up and up, and we are so thrilled. Looking forward to seeing you two soon. We're so glad life is feeling a bit more normal.

love you,
laurel and ryan

Lacey said...

i saw you guys at church, only for a brief moment but it made me happy! love ya!

Marian said...

It's great to hear about Brandon's progress and we are so thrilled that he is able to get out and about.
We haven't kept in touch, but your Primary family misses you Katie, and you and Brandon are in our prayers.
Love ya'll, Marian
(Can you tell I just go back from Texas?)

Mark Sj McGill said...

Good work Brandon - Keep it up!