Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Just Couldn't Resist...

Coroner's report revealed Razorback Garrett Uekman died from a previously undetected fatal heart condition.  I agree with comments that life is fragile and fleeting -- we never know from one minute to the next what we are going to face.  The unexpected death of a young athlete also puts into perspective that football is just a game.  We love football, especially college football, but it is just a game and doesn't even begin to compare to the life of the young men who live to play the game.  We will continue to remember Garrett's family, team mates and friends in our prayers.  May God bless them, comfort and strengthen them all!  

I just couldn't resist sharing this pic...LOL!!

Go Hogs...hold those Tigers!!  Garrett will be watching over his team mates, helping push Razorbacks to victory!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Tragedy Strikes Arkansas Razorback Team

Early this afternoon, we learned that one of the young Razorback players passed away.  Garrett Uekman was a 19 year old Sophomore and was a tight end.

The team returned to Fayetteville late Saturday night from Little Rock after beating Mississippi State 44-17.  Garrett played his position and showed no signs of distress.  He was seen around 10:15 this morning by his roommate playing video games.  Another roommate found him unconscious  about an hour later.  Emergency services were called and quickly responded.  He was in cardiac arrest and was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead early this afternoon.  Cause of death has not yet been determined, but I was told by a student at the UofA that he had a heart condition.  

Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and teammates.  May he rest in peace!


We are very proud and sad of our Razorbacks all at the same time.  Due to the losses in yesterday's college football games, today Arkansas is ranked #3 in the Nation! I do NOT remember the Razorbacks ever being ranked this high -- it's been many years coming and all I can say is, IT'S ABOUT TIME!!  However, we are sad by the loss of this talented young man, who we understand loved  his teammates -- he will be missed!  

God bless Garrett's family and bring them peace that passes all understanding!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

What a Day!

WOO, we are WORN OUT after spending the day at Duke, but thankfully, we survived.  After spending five hours at Duke and discussing my situation with four doctors, we have a plan:  1) In the next couple of weeks I will have surgery to check my nodes for cancer; 2) Following that, I will have 4-6 weeks of radiation; 3) If ca is present in my nodes, we will "discuss" chemo; and 4) I will also take an estrogen-reducing drug for five years.

If you will remember, my first inclination was to have a dbl mastectomy.  However, all four docs felt that was totally unnecessary, considering the small size of the tumor, grade 1, stage 1, non-aggressive, etc.  They are the experts, so I will follow their advice.  I am ready to get this over with so I can continue living and enjoying life!

Thanks again for all your good wishes, prayers and support...it means a lot.  If the cancer returns, I will cross that bridge then.  The docs tell me following treatment, there is a 5% chance it will return over a 10-year period.  I will take those chances!

God bless you, one and all.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ready to Rock 'N Roll

Duke has received ALL my records and I am all set for my appointments tomorrow:  Surgeon at 12:00 Noon, Oncologist at 1:00 and Radiologist at 2:00.  I'm all set and ready to go in the morning!  I am very anxious to hear what they will tell me.

We will get this behind us so we can get back on the road!  We never know what life will throw at us -- we are thankful we both retired early to follow our dream of fulltiming and have no regrets! 

Thank you for your good wishes, your prayers and support.  This too shall pass!  God bless.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011


I am sooo irritated.  Before I left Little Rock, I went to the doc's office and requested my records fax'd to Duke.  Duke said they only wanted the records fax'd.  NEVER -- NEVER did the doc's office tell me they didn't fax records -- they never even returned my calls when I tried to check on this before we left.  Today I called Duke to see if they had my records -- they NEVER returned my call.  In today's mail were my records, with a note on the release form that said, "We don't fax records."  Why didn't they just call me and tell me that and ask what doc I wanted them sent to?  Now, when I have my appt at Duke next week, the docs will not have had my records to review beforehand.  

Why do medical personnel make it so difficult for patients -- one little phone call could have alleviated all the frustration I am currently feeling.