Thursday, November 20, 2008

Day One

Steve talking with his sister Carolyn on day one of the first round of Chemotherapy. Notice the black back pack on the end table - yes - the cocktail being pumped into him as he visits on the phone. We had a long day at the Huntsman with a few glitches that slowed the process down for a few hours, but all is well and we are home. Thanks to all who have called, emailed and sent text messages. We appreciate your love and support. The caretaker signing off.


the Halversens said...

That is a fine looking robe Grandpa! Love the new jammies too. At least you look comfy. Sorry you had such a long day. Hugs, kisses, prayers, and hope from Washington.


Kathe Tanner said...

Dear Steve and Lynn: We send hugs, prayers, love and best wishes, and are grateful for this blog. We know you'll do amazingly well.

By the way, I'm working on a Thanksgiving story about an inspiring 57-year-old survivor of near-fatal heart attack and hairy-cell leukemia who recently completed three more world-record swims across open-ocean channels that nobody has ever done before. I'll e-mail it to you when it's done. Maybe something in it will help.

All our love,

Kathe and Richard

Kim said...

Steve and Lynn, Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
The blog is a great way for us to keep updated and not feel like we're bugging you. Know that we love you lots.
Hang in there,
Greg, Kim, and the kids

eastern neighbors said...

Our prayers are with you both. You seem to be in such good hands with a live in nurse!

3 boYs aNd a giRL said...

We love you and our prayers are with you. And we're so glad that you have started the blog to keep us updated. Know that we are thinking of you and hoping for best.

I must agree about that live-in nurse of yours...THE BEST!! She'll take care of ya. You ARE in very good hands.

Casey, Stacie and Kids

P.S. Lynn, I'm close and home all day, so if there is ANYTHING you need PLEASE let me know!!

the kings said...

Sheesh - Look at the comments! Awesome! So nice to see a picture of my cute dad...looking snazzy even in your jammies. We love you and we're so glad that day 1 is over....I realize there is a few more to go, but still.
Love and Hugs to you both! :)
- Kell
Prepare for lots of mail...Lia can not be stopped, she makes something for you almost every day, so I will keep sending!

steveandconniefamily said...

I think your blog idea is great. We will be reading and cheering you on. You look great hope,this first round goes well,our thoughts and prayers are with you!!!!

Connie and Steve Price

Ann said...

Now Paul and I won't look at each other every day and say "How do you think Steve and Lynn's day went today". Our thoughts and prayers are with you always.
Love you lots,
Ann and Paul

Jill said...

Thanks so much for taking the time and effort to chronicle this for everyone. It means so much to be able to keep tabs on you two. We love you and you are in our prayers daily. We have great hope for you!

Mark said...

Wow you look like I do everyday sitting around in your robe! You look way to comfortable.

This blog is a great idea and remember I am in the area if I can help with anything too.

Your childhood friend for about 57 years now.


the Halversens said...

I know I already commented, but you should all know how much your love means to me and I'm sure to my family. I logged on today to see ten comments on this post and started crying immediately. The tears kept rolling as I read your kind words. It's so nice to know that other people realize what a great guy your dad is, and how many people are praying for him. Thank you all.

jan jordan said...

Steve and Lynn,

You know both of you are in my heart and prayers. Thank you, Lynn, for calling last week. I feel you will be blessed by having the BEST (Dr.Tricot) Who would have ever guessed he would have come to Utah!! I really feel he is here at this time for YOU to have the best care possible. I am calling John Bailey today to put him in touch with you, Steve. He had the tandem transplants from the beginning and Dr. Tricot was his Doc too. John is retired, a Dr., was head of Cache Valley Public Health. He lives in Logan, but comes up for appointsments and meds at the base. He was also ex military like Dick. He and his wife Anne are really special people,good supports, like you are/were for me and Dick.
We are all in this with you. Your camera case looks familiar!
Hang in there. I am so glad you both have each other. I am here for you.
Love you both, Jan

Cindy said...

Steve I love who you are. Thanks for being such a great example of strength in a difficult time.
You and Lynn are the best and you have a great family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Keep smiling.


David and Stephanie Tanner said...

Steve and Lynn,
Thanks for creating this blog. You have a great attitude. You've been in our prayers and thoughts often. We live close to Huntsman, so please let us know if we can help with anything. Love you.

David and Stephanie

Ralph and Edy said...

Greetings from the Philippines! Edy and I are here with my 3-year assignment as an IT manager for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We are sorry to hear of the cancer that has entered your life. As I read your blog just this morning, many memories returned of the times we shared together in the flight simulation business. Also, I greatly appreciated your blog comments as you differentiated between what you have done and what you are now experiencing with who you are. I recall the wonderful story in Max DePree’s "Leadership Is An Art," about the millwright. Many knew this man as the millwright – because that was his employment. However, there was much more to the man. Max asked, “Was he a poet who did millwright's work, or was he a millwright who wrote poetry?” (You can read the story at:,1564,a10-c759,00.html) We send our love and prayers and best wishes to a good man - and his family!
Ralph & Edy Howes

jan jordan said...

I am so thenkful you are finding compassion and caring in your treatment. A nurse friend of mine who did alot for us said when she heard Tricot was coming, "he will bring humility and caring there". It is as much a gift to me as to you to know you will experience this. I know these days can be wearisome and exhausting to say the least. The stem cell collection made us feel scared, relieved, and yet in awe of life. When you receive them back, it can feel like a rebirth with hope. Dr. Zangari is a sensitive mild mannered man(he took care of Dick once in the hospital). This Thanksgiving I am so thankful that you both are a part of my life. Keep thinking of all the fun things you enjoy, your family, and the fun memories of Lake Powell, etc on those " not so grear days". Together you will be stronger than one, and your marriage and love will experience a greater depth only you two will know. You are in my prayers, and I put your names in the Temple.

Love ya,


KirkP said...


You look great, our thoughts and prayers are with you and Lynn during this tough time. We hope to see you back with us very soon.

Kirk and Sue Parkinson