Giving Thanks!

Just Finished Round 12!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are now lying on the couch wishing you didn’t eat all those leftovers!  We just finished our 12th round of chemotherapy.   Sam had five full days of treatment this week.  Everything went as planned and we’re happy to be home from the hospital.  We expect a few rough days ahead but are super excited about celebrating Thanksgiving next week.

This week, it seems fitting to highlight the awesome side to cancer and that is the people we get to hang out with so frequently.  Over the last eight months, we’ve been surrounded by the most devoted people at Vanderbilt Hospital.  Last week, we had three appointments on Sam’s birthday. On two separate occasions at opposite ends of the hospital, several women sang Happy Birthday to him (in a tone deaf but heartfelt kind of way).


The cancer clinic can be a heart-wrenching place to be.  Since April, it seems like we’ve lived in the cancer clinic, especially the infusion center.  It’s tough.  The infusion center will crush your spirit and ruin your appetite for several days.  We’re convinced that Vanderbilt only puts the funniest, most charismatic, and loving people in the clinic.  When this whole cancer thing is over, the people at Vanderbilt Hospital will be what we miss the most.  Consistently, from the time we get out of the car at the clinic, till the time we leave, employees go out of their way to talk to us or to ask me how Sam is doing.  A lot of people say something like, “I love you two.  I mean, I hate that you are here so much, but I love seeing you two.”  Little do they know, we love seeing them too.  To everyone at Vanderbilt Hospital, you are all the best part of our days; we consider you family and look forward to stopping by and saying “Hi!” a little less often in 2012. Thank you for seeing us through the good days and the bad days.

Because of our frequency of visits, extended stays, and Sam’s popularity, I refer to him as the Mayor of Vanderbilt Hospital.  We are thrilled that he will be stepping down from this role soon.

We hope to receive treatment on December 6th and 7th, so we’ll see you all later that week!  Enjoy the rest of the long weekend and thank you for all of the love and support.




Sam and Leslie Bledsoe

4 Responses to “Giving Thanks!”

  1. 1 Matt November 27, 2011 at 1:57 pm

    Congrats on round 12 guys and Happy Thanksgiving! Sorry we missed you over the holiday. Keep on chugging away, only two rounds left!

  2. 2 Tara November 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    I enjoy that fatty kitty has a cornucopia on her head 🙂

  3. 3 Sherry West November 30, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    So happy to hear that things are going good,melissa tells me everyday how You and Sam are,She said You saw Steve from UPS, please send his address to me and tell him he is also in my prayers, You and Sam both are on my prayer list, you are just like family love to you both God Bless

  4. 4 Bill Bledsoe November 30, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    Glad to hear that round 12 went off without too much excitement. Getting geeked up to see you guys in a few weeks. .ub

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