Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I'm supposed to be studying. I have been out of school for 2 years and I forgot how easy it is to get distracted. Never the less, I'm going to allow myself a couple minutes of distraction to update everyone!

It has been a rough week and an even rougher weekend. Then chemo hit Drew pretty hard this round. It hit him sooner in the week and so far has lasted longer. Today (Tuesday) he felt slightly better so we are hoping that he is turning a corner and will start being able to eat normal foods and keep them down. He spends most of his time on the couch napping or watching TV. Even with the medication switch it is still a pretty rotten weekend. It helps knowing that hopefully that we will only have one more crazy rough week. We are looking forward to lives getting back to normal and Drew is looking forward to eating normally again. He is making a list of foods that he is going to devour once his appetite is back... Fricano's, Russ' Taco salad, root beer floats etc.. He has lost 10 pounds from the beginning of this cycle of chemo so he is looking forward to packing those pounds back on! Speaking of good food...

I'm getting very excited for Thanksgiving. For those who know me, they know that Thanksgiving is probably one of my favorite holidays. The delicious food, bowling (my entire Hoogland side of the family heads to Zeeland lanes for a game) and family time together. I don't know what our plan is for this year, depending on how Drew is doing but I still look forward to taking a day to slow down and be thankful for everything that God has provided. This year we have LOTS to be thankful for... Amazing family, great friends, to be living in a time where cancer is treatable and curable, an entertaining kitty, jobs, freedom and a God who loves us dearly and has a plan for us. So in case I don't have time to update again before Thanksgiving, I hope everyone has an amazing Turkey day!


  1. hopefully the worst is almost behind you.. hang in there drew!! i love this post, and that you guys are able to count all your blessings during this rough time. see you soon. love you both!

  2. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Praying that this treatment is successful. My 19 year old nephew had the same cancer and treatment 2 years ago, and is doing very well today, I pray the same for you! (I am a friend of Dave's and just wanted to let you know people you don't even know are praying you through this). God Bless. KAthy Lang

  3. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Jamie and Drew. Prayers continue for Drew, as he fights this ordeal. Love to you both from sunny New Zealand. God Bless you both.
    Aunt Deb

  4. Thanks for giving in to the distraction, Jay! Your outlook is so inspiring. Hope you are both able to enjoy Thanksgiving tomorrow -- food, family bowling & all the other little things. Love you both!

  5. Just wanted to let you know I am thinking of you and Drew. Stay strong, have a Happy Thanksgiving. love ya's! (Miss ya Drewby!) xoxox