10 September 2010


Greetings to all who might still be keeping an interest in our adventures! A few of you have mentioned the fact that there have been no posts for many months. Apologies to all. Time has moved very fast.

Since the last post was in June and it is currently September, I have pondered whether to "start from today" or "catch up."

Realizing that starting from today would lead to a number of questions from a lack of background, I've decided to post a brief current status and then attempt to "catch up."

On 12 June 2010, Ford completed his first (and has declared: his last) 1/2 marathon. The last post gave a brief announcement about his accomplishment. I had hopes that Ford himself would sit down and give details. Days turned into weeks and then months and hence, I failed to post any other updates.
(Is that an excuse or disclaimer?) sigh

In January of 2009, when Ford had received the diagnosis of cancer and he decided to receive chemo treatments, we discussed whether it would be prudent to have his braces removed. Not knowing what lie ahead, yet having friends and associates that have experienced extensive vomiting, blistering sores in the mouth and throat, and being overall miserable, having braces would be one more thing to be concerned about. So he had them removed. This turned out to be a very good decision. However, most, if not all, progress that had been made was lost. On 30 August 2010, his braces were put back on. He is dealing with the realities of braces, ie: pain, flossing, broken brackets, loss of freedom of eating many things he enjoys. As is usual for Ford, he is dealing very well with it all.

He also has been experiencing headaches for about 6-8 weeks. As as is also usual for Ford, he revealed that pain to me about week 4. We are currently researching, asking a lot of questions, and trying to determine what to do. More on this later.

Suffice it to say that Ford is looking great, feeling good (with the above exceptions), he is working full time, playing as much as he can, and loving his opportunities to serve in the Provo Temple. On Wednesday, 8 September 2010, we were delighted to be able to recognize and celebrate another birthday with him. Life is sweet and we have much for which we are grateful.

And we still would not trade our experiences with any one else....


  1. I'm glad he is doing so well. Anthony needs braces too but it's not in the budget for a year or two. I hope you can find out what's causing the headaches.

  2. We know what are causing the headaches. We are trying to understand all the issues, risks, and ramifications of stopping them. Is it a "house of cards" or is it Jenga?