Monday, March 3, 2008

Catching Up

It is my plan to update this page with news of Zack and his progress during chemotherapy. Thank you to all of you who've used a myriad of different ways to send us your love and support. We love you, too. And we welcome you to add comments, questions, etc.

Zack is doing very well and is happy to know that beginning March 11, he will be switching from weekly chemo treatments to a 10-day schedule.

Below is a brief break-down of the last two months...though much of it is a blur to me.

February
...was a bit of a tough month, during which he experienced a lot of nausea and very little appetite. The Make-A-Wish Foundation granted him a wish: a trip to Miami. He initially wished for a trip to Thailand, but was happy to choose Miami as an alternative. Marianne and Tyler, Zack's Make-A-Wish team, are helping him plan the trip to include visits to the Keys, the Everglades, and more...Toward the end of the month, we spent a few days visiting the coast of Oregon where we watched the lunar eclipse from our hotel room and went to "An Evening with Groucho," a show we've now seen 3 times and counting...Zack wasn't able to go to school during February but he didn't miss any of his classmates' basketball games. Go 6Up!...Our February visitors included Zack's Grandma and Mary Armstrong, Zack's Aunt Cristina, Maria's cousin Karen and her boyfriend Jason, Brian Armstrong and teachers Donna Blaser and Heather Pearl. Many Cedarwood families brought us delicious, wholesome meals...And Zack used much of his downtime to become a "Hogan's Heroes" aficionado.

January
..Zack turned 12 and his grandparents visited for his birthday...AreYouGame.com held the very successful "Zack Day" fundraiser and we are very, very grateful to them and to everyone who participated...Courtney and Mike visited and we saw Michele for the first time in a couple of years.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria and Zack,
This blog is a wonderful idea!
I was pleased to hear that Zack needs less Chemo now...!

Zack, we are sending love and prayers that this "journey" you are on brings you special gifts you would not have found otherwise. Looking for those gifts is a way of keeping your head up, finding the good stuff that is always around, even if it feels like it's not!
Wishing you and your precious Momma love through this!!

Kari, Gary, Justin & Maddie said...

Much love to both of you as you experience the highs and lows of the coming months. Just know you have a wonderful network of friends and family who would do anything for you. Please let us know if there is anything we can do. Oh yeah, and....GO GIANTS :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria and Zack,

We think of you often and this blog will help us keep up, thanks for doing it.

Glad to hear the chemo is at a greater interval, we hope this means you will start getting more days feeling good.

Can't wait to hear more about the Miami trip. In the meantime, big hugs from,
Carlos, Laura and Olivia

Anonymous said...

Hello Maria and Zack -

Thanks for sharing your journey with us. We think of you both often.

Your Miami trip sounds like loads of fun. We can't wait to read about it and see the photos on your blog.

With loads of hugs and giggles,

Maria, Jeff, Chiara and Lucia

Anonymous said...

Hi I recently read somewhere that it may help Chemo patients to eat a bit more if their food is cut into bite sizes. Is this something you've tried ?

Anonymous said...

Hi Zack (soccer boy) and Maria-

We think of you both often. I guess today is the day you get to go on a 10 day chemo schedule...hope it makes it all a little bit easier. We are all going to do a 62 mile (!!!)hike this summer in Yosemite and we will take lots of photos and send you some. Love from all of us,Noah, Adrienne, Susan, and Beatrice

Anonymous said...

I especially like the pictures of Zack with his friends. There's that great smile I can't get him to give me for the camera !! Mom