Sunday, July 19, 2015

Side Effects and a Second Home

At the beginning of this journey I was walked through the many possible side effects that may occur throughout both my chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Though many side effects were labeled "rare," it seems that I have the uncanny ability to catch them. 

The worst this far is the severe chemo burning in my feet. 
 From what I was told, the chemo toxins settled into my feet, causing extremely painful burns and blisters. This quickly disabled me to the point that it was impossible for me to walk. 

As of this last week, I was hospitalized for both a double transfusion and IV pain control. My super awesome oncology team was able to contact pain/burn specialists that helped us revamp my pain medication regime. 

After three days in the hospital, I am beyond thankful to say that my feet are finally healing.

Between chemotherapy, both inpatient and outpatient, and increasingly common transfusions- I spend a lot of time in the hospital. However, unlike most people I love being in the hospital. Undoubtedly, it is mostly due to the fact I have the medical staff possible. Between my awesome nurses and crazy good Oncology team, I have found P4 to be my second home.
(P4=the Hematology (disease of the blood)/ Oncology (cancer) floor)

Whether I am constantly consulting with my Oncology team or calling my nurses at odd hours, the level of care is beyond words. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be at UW Children's. And also for the opportunity to know, confide, and heal with such a remarkable medical team!

(Never a dull moment when spending time with a fellow Type One) 

Sorry for the long delay, but I finally finished the "Why Hope" page. I hope that it is a blessing to you.

Thank you so much for your support! Due to the chemo burning, my next chemo session is not until next Monday. Please pray that my scans during that week will show the cancer is dying. These scans are incredibly important as they determine whether the treatment can continue.


  1. We are praying for you Caleb and your family! Praying for great scan reports so that your treatment can continue!

  2. More prayers for you! God is greater than the Boogie Man, or in this case, He is greater than cancer.

  3. So glad that you have a medical team who is taking good care of you. Always praying for you and hoping that you continue to have the strength to fight the side effects of your cancer treatments. I promise to never again complain about what a PITA Type 1 diabetes is....

  4. Thanks for sharing! Praying for you continually. Love you Caleb!

  5. Caleb, I am praying for you daily! What a blessing that God has provided an amazing team to care for you. Hannah

  6. I pray for you every day Caleb! We serve an awesome God who answers prayer!
    Ps. 34


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