Back On Track!

Happy Friday everyone!  We’re back on track with our chemo schedule.  Two weeks ago, the combination of illness and chemo led to a pretty rough week.  This was preceded by five rocky weeks of either chemo or hospitalizations.  But last week we finally had some pretty awesome days.  In fact, last week was one of the best weeks we’ve had since the beginning of April. The good days seem to have impeccable timing.  Just when we think the days couldn’t get any longer or harder, we’re blessed with several good days in a row.  Throughout this last year, we’ve learned to take the good days and run with them.

Last week, Sam felt well enough to carve pumpkins…

He had a well-balanced diet…

Two pans of bacon are better than one.

and Sam was able to work from home with the help of Theo and BB.

It was nice to let our guard down for the week.  If you’re wondering if BB has gotten bigger over the last few months, yes, BB is huge.  The more we’re away, the more she eats.  Let’s explain:

For Those Who Would Like To See The Proof:

Back On Track

We had to go back to Vanderbilt this week and resume chemo.  We just finished our 11th round of chemo!  It was a routine week of treatment without many complications.  We’re happy that we’ve made it to the double-digit treatments and eagerly look forward to wrapping up all of this chemo business.  We’ve got a couple of months to go, but we’re getting closer to the beach each day.

We’ve only got three more rounds to go and then there will be…

  A Special Birthday Request! 

Here is Sam getting a blood transfusion in the emergency room.Transfusions make him feel GREAT!

Sam turns the big 28 next week and I was hoping we could all do our part to give back a little for his birthday.  Sam has received multiple blood transfusions over the last several months and we’re extremely thankful for the donors who made them possible – they made him feel a ton better.  I thought we could use Sam’s birthday as a way to motivate and encourage anyone that feels comfortable with donating blood to do so.  A lot of people have told us that they donated blood after we told them how much better Sam feels after a blood transfusion.

We’ve got to send out a WHOOP! WHOOP! to Sam’s uncle Jim who organized a blood drive in Atlanta and gave blood as well.  What a good show of hard work and generosity!  Here is a link to good info for first time donors:, and you can find upcoming blood drives and nearby Red Cross centers by entering your zip code on the right.

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What’s On Tap For The Weeks Ahead…

Sam is scheduled to get five days of chemotherapy starting on November 21st, which means we’ll spend Thanksgiving at Vanderbilt Hospital.  The good news is that the hospital will be a lot less crowded because of the holiday week and the better news is that we still get to visit with family and eat a bunch of turkey the following week. We hope that this next week will be drama-free with the exception of birthday shenanigans.

While we’re on the subject of Thanksgiving, we’d like to say thank you to everyone.  Over the last several weeks, we’ve heard from a lot of people that have made us laugh and cry.  Each time we get a comment on the blog, receive a card in the mail, or read a ridiculous email aloud, the author has made our life better.  We thank you so much for helping us smile on a lot of days that we didn’t think we had it in us.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving and know that we are so very thankful for you all!


Sam and Leslie Bledsoe

7 Responses to “Back On Track!”

  1. 1 Jim Sobery November 11, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    The Cat Mate automatic pet feeder may be just the thing for helping BB regain her trim figure. An alternative use is to help forgetful patients remember to take their medications on schedule. Batteries and a timer allow the top to swing around revealing the next dish. The Cat Mate helped Cosmo and Einstein break their habit of an undisciplened endless buffet.

  2. 2 Hunter November 11, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    OMG…BB could eat Otis! Looking forward to seeing you in a few weeks! The countdown is on…

  3. 3 Kate November 11, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    Wow, round ELEVEN down! Jeez. Great job, guys!

    I’m a little worried though about BB’s heinie graph. The recent segment is almost vertical… do you think it could be approaching an asymptote … ?
    (heh. asymptote.)

    All our love…we can’t wait to see you for Thanksmas!


  4. 4 Therese November 12, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    All that complaining about BB’s butt – hey, just more to love! Maybe she’s stress eating. 🙂 Glad to hear there’s been a good week. Hey Sam, Happy Birthday! Both Courtney and my sweet Bella are also November babies. Obviously, a great month.
    And Sam – never underestimate the power of bacon! Hang in there, guys. And tell BB to pace herself on her eating. T.

  5. 5 Martina November 14, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    Hey Sam and Leslie!
    Just dropping in to say hi to you both and to send tons of hugs and well wishes your way! I’d been asking Tara how you guys were doing, and she told me about the blog, so I came on for a visit!! 🙂 Hope to see you next time I am in TN for a visit!

  6. 6 Whitney November 15, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Hey you two,

    It’s nice to hear that things have recently taken a turn for the better, or at least the easier/less scary. I think of you both often, and I look forward to hopefully seeing you in a little over a month, when I’m sure you will be planning your beach trip in more detail.



  7. 7 Therese November 21, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Today is Bella’s birthday, and she wanted BB to know that SHE got bacon for breakfast today, AND scrambled eggs. Thinking of you both this week; you are on my heart. Hope this week is good – whatever that means for you guys – and you’ll be able to mark off one more round. And rest up for Whitney’s visit. 🙂

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