Saturday, June 13, 2009

SATURDAY JUNE 13, 2009


Today Jim and I went to the Open House for the Church History Library in Salt Lake City.
I am a family history "collector" (genealogy actually) I love to find family members and connect them to my family. So Jimmy was kind enough to go with me today and see this amazing building. It really is 'state of the art'.
The 230,000-square-foot library will have two types of archival storage rooms. The 10 main storage rooms will be kept at 55 degrees Fahrenheit with 35 percent relative humidity. There will also be two special rooms that will be kept at minus four degrees(yes, -4) Fahrenheit for color motion picture films, photographs, and records of special significance to the LDS Church.The collections that will be housed in the new facility include:
260,000 books, pamphlets, magazines, manuals, etc.
500,000 historic photographs, posters, maps, etc.
40,000 audio and video recordings
120,000 local histories for LDS Church units
150,000 journals, diaries, papers, and manuscripts
20,000 rolls of microfilm
3.6 million patriarchal blessings for LDS Church members
Some of these items will be available in an open stacks reading room, while others will be located in archival storage rooms and delivered to patrons for use in a secure reading room. The public can go and view most of the items there.
So our outing today was fun and it got Jimmy out of the house too.
We also had been to St. George on Wed. and Thurs. of this week. We have some land down there we were getting ready to sell. We visited a few friends we had not seen in a long time.
Now coming up on Wed. the 17th will be another chemo treatment, and will slow him down for about a week. But so far the treatments are only bad for about 4-5 days after the treatment.
I'll post a picture of him this next week. He's lost a little more weight, which he wanted to loose anyway. But he doesn't recommend loosing weight this way.
Until next time, remember to be thankful for the little things in life.
Linda

Monday, May 25, 2009

3rd Chemo Treatment May 18

Hello Everyone.
This week has not been to bad. Still the side effects of nausea, hot/cold sensitive, tingling in the hands and feet, and of course TIRED. But all in all, this treatment has not been bad. Sense we have written on the blog, I have been to see Shelby get ready for prom, Dawson had his scout Pinewood Derby, and David and I went to a convention for our new venture of Presentall. It is an Internet based communication program like Go-To-Meeting or Webinars. It is a fantastic program and we have worked really hard on it and now are ready to sell it. So I have had a busy week (the week without treatment) On the 18th, I had my 3rd treatment and it has been pretty mild. I do like to hear from family and friends. So keep visiting and I will try and write more often. I am certainly at home more than I normally would be and it is good to hear from you. My next treatment is on June 3. That will be number 4. So until next time, remember the things in life we all take for granted (our health, and our ability to do small things, like mow the lawn, eat ice cream, run down the street, or go for a swim. But life is good and I'll be doing those things again just about Thanksgiving. Have a great Memorial Day weekend.
Jim

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

2nd Chemo Treatment


Today is May 5th and the second day of Jim's 2nd round of chemo treatment. Yesterday we went into the clinic for the 3 hour treatment. Then the "fanny pack" is loaded with medicine for the 2 days at home. He got some different medicine for nausea - Zofran. It has worked really well. Compared to last treatment this is much better. He has not been sick. But the tiredness is there and the hot/cold sensitivity. He would love a cold glass of milk, but the can't drink it because of the cold. That is one of the side effects of one of the drugs he takes. But not feeling sick is really great....he can tolerate the other symptoms. So he is encouraged by how he feels today. Paula is the nurse that has administered the IV both visits, and remember how I said she was "all business", well she has warmed right up to his friendly personality. See.....she is smiling. She really is nice and friendly to us. Everyone there is so nice and willing to talk about their own situation. One new person we met yesterday.
I'll share his story. He is 41 years old, he and his wife have 3 children ages 17, 7, and 3. He has pancreatic cancer, and they can't remove the cancer. He is taking 2 treatments of chemo to try and shrink the tumor on his liver. This is where the pain will be. He has terminal cancer. He won't live very long. They shared some personal thoughts with us and even now he and his wife have a positive attitude. What great people we see in this clinic. People from all walks of life and facing a threatening disease with lots and lots of courage. But there are more and more success stories as the research progresses. And the treatments are so much better than years ago. So much better. Well, we'll write about where and what we do the next few days, who knows we may go dancing.
love to all, Linda

Thursday, April 30, 2009



This is one of Jimmy's nurses that administer the drugs for the chemotherapy. She is from Argentina, I'll have to ask her name again, I forgot. We go in for round 2 on Monday May 4th. She was very much "all business" when Jimmy first went in, and then as the 3 hours progressed she had warmed up to him just like everyone does. He never meets a stranger. I'll post his visit with her after the treatment on Monday.

Monday, April 27, 2009

This nice little old lady was with her husband who was getting his chemo treatment the same time as Jimmy. She had gone to the cafe and got her husband a sandwich and chips to eat. Jimmy had just finished a ham and cheese sandwich I had got for him in the same cafe.......
He was still hungry. He ask me to go get him another sandwich from the cafe. This sweet little lady offered him her sandwich. (Now would you take the sandwich she had offered) NO. But Jimmy says ok, I'll have it. She brings it over and gives him chips to go with it, and offered him the cookie too, I think. We laughed that he had taken the sweet little old lady's food. He thought nothing of it - and you know why? Because he would have given them his sandwich. It was a moment to laugh and know that in the midst of trials, we can always find something to laugh about. And her success story is that she had thyroid cancer 20 years ago. She is a cancer survivor. Her husband is 75 years old and takes chemo treatments every 3 months for the rest of his life. He had some blood disorder of some kind. Taking the chemo to PREVENT cancer. He was going to go start his garden that week. As we visit with the people in the clinic that are there for the same reason as we are, we find people that appreciate the simple things of life, little acts of kindness, and hope for a better day. Our trials sometime come to us and bring blessings at the same time.

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Leaving The Cancer Clinic

The 3 hour chemo treatments are over for the first go-around. He is off for 11 days and then gets to go do it all over again. All the doctors and nurses are very nice and I think he'll be one of their favorite. He still has his sense of humor!
Lisa and Fabian stopped by to see him. So far everything is going just fine.

Jim's 1st Chemo Treatment

The 3 hour treatment went really well. Mark and David came by the clinic to check on their dad.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

First Round of Chemo

Today, April 22, the first round of chemo ends. He has 3 days of Chemo and then off for 11 days. The first day he goes into the clinic for 3-4 hours of treatment. Day 2 and 3 are at home with a "fanny pack" full of chemo drugs that intravenously are given over the 2 day period. And then he is off the chemo for 11 days. We will look forward to those 11 days each month! We will be posting the photos taken at the Cancer Clinic in a day or two.....even with the stress of these treatments, you will see Jimmy's good attitude and humor shine through. What a guy! We love you Honey!
Linda

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Family Support

We have talked to just about all the family members now (it's April 11th).
Peggy and Joe (Jimmy's bro/sister-in-law) in Midland,TX called him, sent him an article on Colon Cancer. Very informative. And cheered him up with both their humor!
Janie called (his sister)in Paris,TX she wishes the best.
Roy and Linda (Jimmy's bro/sister-in-law)in Greenville,TX email us often. They found out about the cancer on Facebook, of all places! Before we called them. Sorry guys! Bad news travels fast tho.
Helen (his sister)in Houston area) Helen lost her husband just a few months ago. She said to keep her up to date.
A.B. (his brother) in San Antonio,TX has not been called yet, we have put this off because his son, Steve, was very ill. Now tonight we found out he passed away. Steve was about 50 years old. Very young to leave us. We send our love to A B and his family.
Edith (his sister) is handcapped and we have not told her about his cancer yet. Jimmy has taken care of Edith since 1986.Edith lives in Orem, Ut now and is doing very well. We can visit her a lot more often here. She likes her new home.
We have had many friends call and email us.
Jimmy has friends all over the world. Literally! Russia, Ukraine, Romania, Phillipines, and here in the gool ole USA. I'm sure he will be sharing some of the contacts with them on the site.
This is a very good thing because on the days he does not feel as well; he can talk to them as well. Friends and family will be very helpful during this difficult time.Visit this site often and share your thoughts with us.
He is amazing! He has such a good attitude, can talk about his condition very easily, and make us all laugh. You have our support, our love, and we pray for you daily.
And I love you very much. Together we will be stronger because of this.
I'll write about the kids/grandkids another day.
Linda

Getting Going

I've convinced Jim to get a blog going while he starts his chemo. Here are the first couple pictures. From here on out - he'll get to update this himself, as I'm sure he'll have some time to kill.
This is his post-surgery picture from removing 12 inches of his colon. Healing up nicely??
He's still smiling -- this is his portocath that he got put in yesterday. He'll use this during his chemo treatments. This sucker goes straight into his aorta (i think??)
All Jim's updates will be on this site over the next several months. Please post comments to encourage him!!! :) We love him & hope all goes smoothly!
~Laura Anderson (favorite daughter-in-law) :D