Saturday, May 1, 2010

End of 2nd week!

Mark completed week 2 of treatment! Now just 4 weeks to go! It is Saturday and we are waiting for Mark’s parents and our boys to get here. We are very anxious to see all of them. Colin does not have school on Monday, so they will get to stay an extra day this time. I will be driving back to Frisco with Mark’s mom and the boys and Mark’s dad will stay here with Mark. Then, I will come back with Mark’s mom and the boys the next weekend, and Mark’s dad will go back home and I will stay with Mark for the remaining 3 weeks. It has been a HUGE blessing to have family close by to help out. We know it was all in God’s plan for us to move back to Texas and for Mark’s parents to move closer to us. We had no idea any of this would be happening with Mark, but we don’t know how we could have done this without Mark’s parents and without my Mom to help us by taking care of the boys while we are here for Mark’s treatment.

We have met some more really nice people here in Houston. The good thing about doing the treatment here is that there is an instant kinship with each person in the waiting room. Most people do their treatments around the same time each day, so we get to know each other as we visit a little 5 days a week. We met a sweet woman and a nice man that do radiation the same time as Mark that each have Glioblastoma like Mark. We ride the shuttle each day with a very nice lady who has Sarcoma and has been battling it for a couple of years. It is just so nice to know that there are people we can talk to that completely understand what we are experiencing. MD Anderson is a wonderful place and I am so thankful Mark wanted to get treated here.

Mark really likes the technicians that do his radiation treatment. They are so nice and make him feel comfortable. They let me go back to see the room and watch Mark get set up for his treatment. They showed me how the mask works to “bolt him down” to the table, how they use lasers to line him up, how the table moves, and the radiation machine rotates to radiate different locations. It was very interesting and they let me take some pictures too.

One last thing for this post… this month is Brain Tumor Awareness month, and you can see more information at


  1. That contraption doesn't look like it is comfortable at all! I'm sure none of it is but ouch!

  2. Hi Becky and Mark.

    Want to let you know that you guys are in my thoughts and prayers. And yes, that is quite the contraption you have pictured there!

    Thank you for the posts and letting us know how things are going. - Lori (from MSFT)