Sunday, February 21, 2010

My Prince

We have been getting quite a few calls asking about Brandon. People are feeling out of the loop now that my blogs are not as consistent.

Well, I am thrilled to report that there have been few blogs because we have been so busy with "real life" life before cancer. Chores, errands, spending time with the kids, going out for dinner, vegging in front of the TV.

Brandon has completed round 2 of chemo! It was a lot easier on him than round 1 (thank God). That was probably due to the fact that he did not start this round as sick as he was in December, the chemo was a lot less aggressive, and there was no cancer in his body (so less poison to flush).

His numbers are now back in the normal range (they dropped just like round 1), he has gained back 21 pounds (up to a whopping 176) and even his hair is starting to grow back a little. He is feeling wonderful. So great in fact, that today he headed out to Oshawa to join his regular hockey team - and even scored an assist!

As for next steps -
Unfortunately we are still waiting for that much-needed miracle --- a stem cell donor. It is a frustrating phase as we can only wait and hope that (1) someone is a match, (2) they agree to donate and (3) they follow through with the process. The team at Princess Margaret has been great, but a huge part of it is also out of their hands.

So until then, Brandon is scheduled for his next round of chemo to start in the next week.

Thanks again to everyone who remains connected and concerned and hopeful.


  1. Fabulous news!! Thanks for keeping us all updated.
    Thinking about you guys all the time.
    marci xoxox

  2. We are thrilled to hear that family life is back on track for the time being. Yes we check daily for your blog updates, however now that we know why you haven't been updating us all we hope we don't read a blog from you for a very long time. :)

    We are truly ecstatic that Brandon is doing so well.

    Best regards to the entire family,
    Ryan, Naomi, & Jordyn Gerstel