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George Karl
Celebrating a Healthy Life

Hello Everyone - we wanted to update you on George's progress since his treatment which ended one year and approximately 2 months ago. He has come so far in his recovery process from his head and neck cancer having three clean PET Scans. His last scan was June 17 - positive results is always reassuring. We continue to try to eat as healthy as possible - still eat out too much and they are working on us to change that habit. George also had remarkable results with his immunologist (T cells/ B cells) on his last visit and he said he didn't need to come back for six months. We continue to work wi
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The Last Chemotherapy Treatment
George had his final treatment of chemotherapy yesterday and it seemed to hit him hard. He had a rough day but seemed to come out of it okay today. The doctors did mention to us that this week would also be tough on him and slowly he will start to feel better. We met with Dr. Trevarthen the Oncologist and he was discussing with us the process of George getting back to swallowing and eating solid foods - I definitely feel this will be a challenge for George due to all of the mucus that builds up in his mouth and the pain it causes but we know how important this is to progress on his recover
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Visit from the Coaching Staff, players and ot
Today I would say was one of George's best days in the last three weeks. I believe he spoke more today than he has in the last 2 weeks alone. I am sure it was a combination of him not having radiation for two days, less pain medicine in his system and knowing all of his coaches were coming to see him today. Today we just had to go in and get some blood drawn and since we were there he received some fluids. Then once we returned home our door was revolving - all the coaches, training staff, players came to visit to give George their encouragement. Thanks for putting a smile on his face!!!

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Last Day of Treatment

George- 36 treatments - 6 hard weeks and now to regroup and re-energize my Health! The overwhelming love and words of friendship and support are incredible. Thank you is not enough to say for what you have given me, my family and my team of supporters. Kim is #1 but so many special moments thru the toughest 6 weeks I've EVER gone thru. Let the Battle continue and what a great team I have. Love you all! Kim - I also want to thank everybody for all the support from meals, gifts, cards, words of encouragement, flowers and most importantly all the help I have received through this most diff
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Pain Medication
George is having a very sleepy day today - changed the Fentanyl patch which is at full strength with additional pain medicine on top of that I am not sure if he is feeling anything at this moment!!! We are getting his daily dose of fluids right now and will be back later on today to get his second round of radiation. He only has one remaining tomorrow with one more chemotherapy session next week. Yah!!!!!

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The Fluid Room

We are sitting in one of his familiar rooms at the hospital getting fluids - and found out that he will be done with his treatments this Friday so we are very excited about the news. I asked him while we were sitting here what his thoughts are and he said he wants everybody to go have a party for him- we are still not sure what the future holds for the recovery process but he knows he doesn't have to get his face burnt everyday. We have some serious hurdles to overcome but we are looking forward to the challenge. Thanks for all the love and support it has been incredible.

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Getting Closer to the End
The End of Treatments are in site - eight more radiations and one more chemo session. George is looking forward to the recovery process - we know it wont be easy but we are ready to finish the fight. George's mouth is in a lot of pain so we just try to keep him comfortable by managing the pain with his meds. Kelci, Jackie and Kienan flew back to Olympia tonight and my parents are coming in on Tuesday to help out - it definitely has been a blessing to have my friends Cindy and Linda here during a stretch and Kelci, Jackie and Kienan this past week. Thanks for all of your help!!! This we
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Back at Home

George was released yesterday from the hospital and it is good to see him at home - he is exhausted from all the blood clot procedures and his normal radiation/chemo treatments the last five days. Since he wasn't able to get his treatment on Monday he had two radiation and chemo all on Wednesday which is very wearing - it zaps all of his energy. Now that he his at home he will be on Lovenox (blood thinning medicine) for his blood clots and his fancy T.E.D. stockings (it is a great look) to make sure these events don't happen again! Today we will be going in to draw some blood so they can re
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Goofy George

George is feeling much better - they ended up doing three separate procedures to help dissolve the clots in his leg. Before his procedure yesterday morning he was trying to scam information out of the doctor's colleagues so he could use the information on them at some point down the road -that is how I know he was getting back to himself!! He was also being very goofy (in a good way) which is a good sign - see picture! They need to keep him one more night to make sure his blood levels are sufficient before releasing him. We are looking forward to going home!!! I can't say it enough - thank
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The weekend
Kim: On Friday night, March 19, George's daughter Kelci, her husband Jackie and their son Kienan arrived from Olympia, WA. The energy of a twenty month old and five year old playing in the living room was a direct contrast to George trying to recover from two bouts of radiation that day. We look forward to the weekends since it gives George a chance to recover somewhat from the treatment. But on Sunday afternoon we had to rush him to the hospital. His leg was extremely swollen and he was having trouble breathing. After a phone call to the doctor, we transported George to the hospital and
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A rough Thursday
Kim - "Fatigue is winning right now" was George's comment. He is trying to rest as much as possible. He is adjusting to the new pain medicine that they prescribed for him - it hit him hard today. Following his radiation treatments from now on we are going to get fluids to help him keep hydrated. He is up to five cans of the liquid nourishment - he hasn't been able to get anything solid in him for the past 5 or 6 days just the liquid. It sure is weird seeing him turn down all the food we been offering. George's best friends are the suction machine ( to remove the mucous that builds of cons
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