Tuesday, June 22, 2010


We met with the doctor on Friday to get the results of my most recent scan. The good news is my bones are stable, the bad news there is activity on my liver again. Of course it is not the news I want to here. I want to here the ever so desired news of NED (no evidence of disease). I still believe that can happen. I believe in an awesome God who has raised people from the dead - he can handle some uncooperative cell growth!

We are waiting to hear from our insurance company to see if they will cover the drug for treatment option number one - so please help us pray for this.

Carman is so close to his goal this morning of raising $10,000 for his ride. He is at $9,030!!!! Please donate to help us reach our goal, and to help find a cure for cancer. The link to donate is in the posting below.

I have been back in the pool swimming, running errands on my Vespa, walking Charlee down at the dog park, and trying to control the weeds in my flower beds. It is nice to feel active again. With work I have never been very busy in the summer so along with getting caught up on some things I have been making a mental list on some projects I might research - real estate investing: is it all that it is marketed to be? and taking some courses toward the Registered Health Underwriter which gives a designation in specializing in living benefits (disability, critical illness, and long term care insurance).

Sunday, June 6, 2010


Once again, I need your help! The (I) is me, Carman - Brenda's husband.

On June 26th and 27th I will be participating in the 2010 Ride to Conquer Cancer. Last year I participated as a crew member, slinging participants gear, loading water stations with 5 gallon bottles of water, and helping to set up some of the hundreds of tents we all slept in the first night.

Last year was such an amazing experience, seeing everyone pull together and persevere; 1) to raise money, and 2) to accomplish the goal of riding 200 kms in 2 days. Both tasks can prove to be difficult! Many people, including me, are not accustomed to asking for money, let alone riding a peddle bike further than the neighbourhood 7 Eleven for a Slurpee. However, last year I saw participants of all shapes and sizes, ages, and biking abilities and realized that if they could do it, so could I! I saw participants finish the ride on vintage single speed bikes, mountain bikes, and one guy even did it on a BMX bike. It became very clear that the ride came second; the driving force was the need for a cure.

My driving force is my wife. Many of you who follow her blog have gotten to know her better. You read about her struggles, the good times and the bad, and ride the roller coaster along with her. I hope that you have come to realize how wonderful she is; that you now see the person I married - with all she is going through, she still thinks of everyone else first, and has such a giving heart.

I am hoping that you can find it in your heart to give, as well. It is now projected that cancer will affect 50% of all Canadians at some point in their life. Funds from the Ride to Conquer Cancer support the Alberta Cancer Foundation, which means all forms of cancer and all forms of research - not just breast cancer or prostate cancer or lung cancer - all types.

We have seen firsthand, over the past few couple of years, how important fundraising like this is. Newer and better treatments are being implemented on a regular basis and it is definitely making a difference.

Below is a link to my personal page for the Ride to Conquer Cancer. As a rider I am required to raise a minimum of $2500. I am hoping, with your help, that I can exceed that by 2 or 3 times!

Thank-you so much for your support!


Bill & Carman

Getting ready for fundraising for The Ride to Conquer Cancer - you would think it would be easy to get a serious picture. These two couldn't stop horsing around.

Good Medicine

Charlee has been such good medicine for me. She is such a clown. She really enjoys playing with the sprinkler.

Stainless Steel Christmas

When our BBQ rolled off the deck in the last wind storm Carman was adamant that we get a new one. You should have seen him at Costco when I approved any BBQ he wanted. I don't think I have ever seen him smile so big.

Those who have been fortunate enough to enjoy one of Carman's meals (he is an unschooled amateur chef), you know I am one lucky girl.
The steaks are cooking while we speak!