Sunday, November 18, 2007

The man, my boy, amazes me...

This may embarrass Nick but that is my maternal right. I want to post a note to acknowledge what a fine, young man Nick has become. It is Sunday night and I'm in awe of what he has accomplished in the past 48 hours. A recap:

Friday night, he attended the Layton High state championship game with friends. Layton lost but what a thrill it was to root for his school.

Saturday morning, 7:30 a.m., he was dressed in full military attire to attend the weekend drill for the Utah National Guard. He came home exhausted having participated in the fitness exercises, with bruises on his back from doing 30 something sit ups on a hard floor and 30 something push ups (chemo memory can't remember the exact count). He did sit out the 10 minute run, but went through everything else. Note: Nick set his own pace - the Guard totally encouraged him to only do what he could and just let them know when he needed to take a break.

Saturday evening, off to watch the Utah Grizzlies play, compliments of Adrian Denny, the Grizzlies PR guy. They won in fantastic effort! Home by 1:00 a.m. - happy, sore and tired but managed to shine his boots for Guards the next morning.

Sunday morning, 7:30 a.m. again off to the weekend drill. At 4:30 p.m., he barely made it through the door before collapsing on the couch with a moan. He was sore from head to toe! He made it through the entire day, only sitting out another long run. The highlight was receiving accolades from his Sergeant Major in front of all the other participants commending him for his heart and effort. He made it and it was very important to him to be there this weekend. Pretty impressive for a healthy man, let alone a man in the midst of a battle with cancer.

I am a little worried he may have overdone it as he has a big day tomorrow - MRI, 2 CT scans, appointment with Dr. Chen and then being admitted into the hospital for another week-long round of chemo. But then I realize his internal fortitude will support his physical strength and he will be just fine. I also realize his internal fortitude has been blessed to him through his faith and his love as well as the unbelievable support from the prayers and positive energy being sent in his behalf. Thank you!



Jennie said...

Nick - what can I say except you're AWESOME!!!!! Congrats on your "fitness" weekend. Love you - Jennie

Obsessedwithlife said...

Awesome! I did stuff like that on treatment and it just feels amazing to do 'normal' stuff!

Chris Ulvin said...

Dear Nick,
I thought about exercising this weekend. I sincerely thank you for inspiring me to DO what is right. Love, aunt Chris

Anonymous said...

Nick - you're awesome! I am exhausted listening to all you did. You & your mom too, have every right to be proud and amazed. Hope you have as good of a Thanksgiving as you can - eat lots! Sending hugs and prayers from Wisconsin.

Paula, Nolan's mom