A LONG day!

Today Stephen started his second round of the Gemcitabine/Cisplatin/Dexamethasone combination.

He had some great days last week where he felt as good as he ever has since, well probably since he has felt in the last year.  Unfortunately, toward the end of the week he started to feel cancer symptoms again.  By Sunday night he had a fever of 102 and had had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic.

Sarah brought him up to the infusion center at 8:30 am,  but because of his fever, they sent him to the ER to have some tests first.  The ER doctors checked everything out and a few hours later decided he was good to have Chemo.  Just as he was starting the chemo, the oncologist’s office called and said to stop the chemo and send him downstairs to the doctor’s office for a quick check up.  A couple hours later he was back up to the 3rd floor to the infusion center.  After everyone agreed that he showed no signs of infection, they started his infusions around 3:30 pm.  I’m writing this from his room in the infusion center where he is still ‘dripping’ and it looks like we won’t be done for another hour.  He will probably finish about 9 pm.

Thanks to sister Sarah for  bringing him and cousin (and medical student) Ben, for giving Sarah a reprieve and for making a very important run to Gandolfo’s for edible food.  After one chemo treatment, the hospital sandwiches have such a strong association with feeling sick that Stephen can’t stand to eat them. I came up around 2:00 pm to finish the day.  Too bad Stephen can’t have someone take a shift for him!

I found a fairly understandable article that explains the use of these chemotherapy drugs in stubborn Hodgkin Lymphoma.  It is called Salvage Therapy and is meant to be followed by a Stem Cell Transplant.


The Cisplatin is light sensitive so the bag gets to wear ‘sun screen’ in the form of a brown plastic covering over the meds.

Once again…Thank you so much for all of your love and support.  The love continues to pour in and is truly overwhelming to us.   We are humbled and in awe of the wonderful people we are so lucky to call friends, neighbors, and family.  We have also received an outpouring of support from people who were previously complete strangers to us.  Words cannot express our appreciation but they will have to do…THANK YOU!   We love you!

About Jane Griener

I am from SLC, UT. I grew up in a wonderful family in the south part of the Salt Lake valley. I have 4 sisters and 2 brothers. I married my best friend, Jeff Griener when we were 21 years old. We have 6 children. 4 boys and 2 girls. I've had many adventures in business and life. Too many to tell about in a simple 'about you' spot. My life is centered around my family and they are the most important factor in my life. I like gardening, photography, cooking, knitting, graphic design and lots of other things. I speak a little spanish. Fall is my favorite season of the year, but I think having all 4 seasons is what makes me love fall so much. Religion plays a big roll in my life. I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Striving to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ and become a better person each day is my goal. Well, that is a bit 'about me!'
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3 Responses to A LONG day!

  1. dukedaughte says:

    Jane, Jeff, Stephen and family, you all continue to be in our prayers. We have a little 9 year old daughter who has some “health challenges” and was recently hospitalized, infection, Picc line, infusion were all in our vocabulary and still are . . . so we think of you often. Although we don’t know your sweet son personally, just knowing you and Jeff, I know the type of wonderful, kind, loving, amazing children you have and know this is obstacle that your entire family is going through with love, faith and much support. We will continue to pray for you and during this Christmas season, are thankful for the seemly simple things in life . . . an afternoon of feeling well, a warm home, being together, tender mercies. We love you and appreciate the updates on Stephen’s progress, chin up, you are an amazing young man. Much love, The Kirk and Stephanie Nielson family

    • Jane Griener says:

      Thanks Stephanie. I would love to visit with you sometime. You are right that we are enjoying the simple things of life with a little more tenderness right now. Thanks for your support and I hope that your sweet little girl is doing well right now.

  2. Yarcka says:

    Que momentos mas complicados, pero solo la fé sostiene la esperanza de los enfermos para recuperar su salud, el amor de una familia es fundamental, dios bendiga a todos y de fuerzas a la familia en este trayecto, que se recupere Stephen, cariños a todos y fuerza!!!!

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