Full Circle

Posted by on Feb 12, 2016 in Down Syndrome, fatherhood, Leukemia | No Comments
Full Circle

2/11/2016, 9:18 am. Newest Voicemail read: Unknown  I hit “play” followed by “speaker” on my iphone screen. The voice on the other end seemed to be in a panic state. “Hi John, my name is Steve. I’m sorry to bother you, I got your number from a friend of a friend. Listen, I don’t really […]

11/12/13

Posted by on Nov 13, 2015 in fatherhood, Leukemia | 2 Comments
11/12/13

REALLY, it’s already been two years? or is it- REALLY, it’s only been two years? 11/12/13 is a date I will never forget. The day Jack was officially diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. It’s weird how certain memories can seem so distant, almost like they never really happened. Then two years go by and you vividly […]

Say Something!

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Down Syndrome | 8 Comments
Say Something!

Well, it happened. I’m not proud. Jack stood in the center of his room with tears rolling down his face. We just finished the 15-minute nightly battle of me injecting chemo down his throat followed by another painful teeth brushing war. The side effects of chemo have nearly destroyed what’s left of his baby teeth. […]

Perspective

Posted by on Sep 8, 2015 in fatherhood, Special Needs | No Comments
Perspective

  My phone rang. Caller ID informed me it was Grant, one of my best buds and old roommates from college. Grant and I go back to my very first day at Chico State. He was the first person I met in the dorms, and maybe the most memorable… He was the kind of guy who exuded […]

You won. A tribute to James Forni

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in fatherhood, Leukemia | 17 Comments
You won. A tribute to James Forni

“Jack, it’s time to take your medicine.” It was Sunday, June 28, 2015, 8:36PM- exactly two hours since his last bite of food. Two hours is the required amount of time to pass before he can consume his daily dose of chemo. “Jack! Please sit down,” I yelled. Administering Jack’s medication is no easy feat. […]

Eddy out!

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in fatherhood | 2 Comments
Eddy out!

  “The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” Timothy J. Russert This quote makes me chuckle a bit. I read these simple words a few years back and remember thinking how true it was. Last Sunday was Father’s Day. As I got dressed, my youngest son, Charlie was asking several questions […]

A day without cancer…

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Down Syndrome, Leukemia | One Comment
A day without cancer…

I’ve always thought THE DAY without cancer was on January 13, 2016- the day after Jack’s  final treatment. I was wrong. For a few hours today, we were cancer free…..      As we boarded my parents houseboat, Jack and Charlie cheers of joy echoed from Lake Berryessa’s shoreline.  Before I could pull the bathing suits from the bag, both boys stood naked […]