Monday, January 26, 2009

We Now Interrupt this Broadcast...

I've been laying kind of low lately, and I know it.

I've spilled blood, sweat and tears here, so no point in stopping now.

Over the last couple of months, my wife Jennifer was diagnosed with stage II Hodgkins Lymphoma. To say that it has been a whirlwind doesn't do the situation justice. She's been undergoing chemotherapy and this week we'll be getting scans done to check the progression of treatments. There's been huge advances in nausea medication, and overall, that really hasn't been a factor yet. Each time she gets another round of chemo, she has to have an injection the following day to boost her white blood cell count and kick those little guys off their lazy asses into production again. The shots make her bones ache but have been very effective. The main things that have gone down are extreme exhaustion and the various mental side effects that chemo brings along for the ride. Yes... to say it's been a whirlwind doesn't do it justice. It's stage II but it's a very treatable condition and everything the oncologists and specialists have been saying are very promising, though there's roughly another four months worth of treatment involved.

Today just happens to be her birthday.

Jen has started a blog to document what she's going through, and you can check that out by clicking here

She's a very talented and creative interior decorator by trade, handling all matter of accessories, faux and regular painting, furniture, and designing custom murals for both home and commercial use. The murals she's done on several churches, both interior and exterior, are beautiful and amazing work.

On her blog, you'll see that Jen has recently been creating custom knitted hats and scarfs. Her goal is to take this to a point where she can also donate some to children with cancer. So, if there's anyone you know who has been affected by cancer, please spread the link around... never know what karma will bring.

Likewise, my day job is as partner in an ad agency. We handle all manner of creative, both for small companies and Fortune 500s. Logo and brand identity, ad campaigns, brochures, packaging... ahh... if you know someone who might be interested in working with us, go check out our site by clicking here.

Thanks to everyone who stops by. You keep reading... and I'll keep writing.

Tune in tomorrow... next post is "Moving Polaroids" and I think you'll all like it.

be good,
b

9 Comments:

Blogger ~michelle pendergrass said...

Oh no. I am so sorry to hear about this, Bob.

Would it be okay if I added Jen and your family to my prayers?

10:08 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Absolutely Michelle... and thanks so much. =)
best,
b

10:10 AM  
Anonymous Nick Kaufmann said...

Very sorry to hear about Jen's diagnosis. I'll be sending good thoughts.

10:12 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Thanks Nick... I appreciate it, my friend. Hope you're doing well.

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Jason L. Keene said...

My strongest hope and wishes to you both. Your wife sounds to be an extremely strong and motivated lady (talented to boot). Heading over to her blog now.

Keep kicking that stage II ass, eyes on the prize, man. Best to you both.

10:30 AM  
Blogger Bob said...

Thanks for the well wishes Jason... and yes, eyes on the prize for sure. =)

3:54 PM  
Blogger Joseph Mulak said...

Very sorry to hear about your wife, dude. I'll be thinking about you guys and hoping all goes well for you both.

10:43 PM  
Blogger Joseph Mulak said...

Really sorry to hear about your wife, man. Both of you are in my thoughts and I'm hoping for the best.

11:04 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Hey there Joseph, thanks a lot, pal, I appreciate it.

2:32 PM  

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