Happy: A Quest for Life After Death

Monday, September 10, 2007

Labor Day weekend in Maine

We spent Labor Day weekend in Maine, on the site where Mat's brothers Zach and Seth are building a house. It was idyllic except for the bit about being stressed out of my mind. We camped next to a lake, where we went kayaking (me and Ian), wakeboarding (Mat), and surfboarding (Mat, Ian, and Kimberly!).

We didn't get too close to nature -- all the boys were in heaven on go-carts, a four-wheeler, construction equipment (telehandler, skid-loader, excavator, and cat) AND ... a big pile of dirt.

They were dirty but happy.

Even with the post-doctor visit angst, it was a good weekend. We spent time with family (now I can tell the difference between my nephews, twins Isaac and Andrew!), met some new friends (fellow campers), and took a break from life.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Go Glaxo!

It's been a year since Mat had surgery to remove a dozen or so tumors from his liver. We were hoping the surgery would cure him from cancer, but we got some disappointing news on Friday (disappointing being the understatement of the century).

His lastest CT scans showed some small tumors in his liver, plus indications of cancer in his lymph system. Another surgery seems to be out of the question, and Mat exhausted the standard chemotherapy treatments last summer, which didn't work very well.

All is not lost, however! There is a clinical trial starting in a month or so that Mat's oncologist, Dr. "call me Dave" Ryan, thinks he may be a good candidate for. I have remarkably low listening comprehension skills during these visits with Dave, so I don't know much about it other than it's a targeted therapy (meaning limited side effects, among other things) in the pipeline at GlaxoSmithKline.

Here's one for the pharmaceutical industry: Go Glaxo!