A Christmas Update

Boxing Day 2011, I am visiting dad again and he has asked me to update you on his progress. For the past few months he has been taking the chemo pills every few weeks and has made some progress although he is mostly housebound. He has noticed some weakening recently, but the doctors have said they feel this may be because he's had "too much chemo." Time will tell whether he will get better or worse, but at least we've had Christmas together as a family.

Dad has a wheelchair if he does go out and is able to walk small distances with a walking stick, but he's fortunate to have my brother here to look after him as well as my sister and his girlfriend. He is grateful for all the kind comments people have made over the past few months.

14 comments:

Janell said...

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you, Bill, and your whole family. I hope you continue to get stronger in 2012.
Janell in Boise, Idaho USA

Dieter Finzen said...

Merry Christmas,

please get well soon!

Lia Bowling, Vancouver, Canada said...

It is Boxing Day 2011 - I am checking the blog, as I do every week, concerned about Bill and his health struggles.
Thank you for your Christmas Update; it is wonderful that the family could be together at Christmas.
Wishing you continued strength in 2012.

Anonymous said...

So glad I checked today, and thank you so much for the updates. Hang in there, Bill! Best Christmas and Boxing Day wishes to all of you! Linda H-F near San Francisco in California USA

Denise in the USA said...

Thank you for the update!

Robert, Washington State, USA said...

Great to hear an update! I check back every so often to hear of news of Bill's health. Keep on fighting, just like those with their backs against the walls in all the wars and came out victorious. 2012 will be your victory!

David in Saskatchewan said...

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Bill!

I check the blog every week to see how you're doing, so I was very pleased to get an update.

I wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2012.

Sylvia Fenton said...

Have been checking regularly to see if there were any news of you, Bill. Good to see that you had family around you at Christmas and my best wishes for continued improvement in your health in 2012.

Anonymous said...

I, like everyone else here, keep coming back to check on your progress. Thank you for the update and hope it continues to get better.
Linda - from Pocatello Idaho

Anonymous said...

Catherine, Bill and all....

See what you started.... you have a group of 'blog veterans' who shared the trenches with you that are very concerned and will do anything we can to support you. The next big war called it a 'band of brothers'. Exactly.

This is community & history in the making, Bill, and you started this! Thank you - you really are an EXCELLENT teacher!

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Roger O'Keeffe said...

Keep up the fight, Bill! A lot of us owe you a debt of gratitude for bringing a piece of history so wonderfully alive for us.

I've just been catching up on arrears of reading the Dieter Finzen blog, and glad to see that he too made it safely through the war.

That sense of identification is proof of the value of the work that you "cliobloggers" put in as a labour of love for a previous generation.

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Aimie said...

I check on regular for updates. I am u had christmas together. I think of him often I wish everyday for your father to feel better.

Aimie from Woonsocket RI
Now in FL near mom actually 5 minutes from her