Friday, August 7, 2009


I have an appointment in Houston with the Melanoma Medical Oncology Department at the MD Anderson Cancer Center on Wednesday the 12th. My dad has offered to go with me to be another set of ears as we visit with the physicians there.

We'll know more next week!


Sarah Schmidt said...

Great news!! You two are a great team. We will all be thinking about and praying for you. Love you.

Kari said...

You and your family are in our prayers.
Kari and Bob Boisvert

Judy said...

So glad that you can to Houston next week. A proactive plan seems like the best way to proceed. Love you and your family and have been praying for you since we heard.

Ellen said...

We are praying for you in England. best of luck in Houston next week.

Ellen and family

Mark G said...

Ben, we're pulling for you buddy. Go beat this thing!
Mark and Ginger

Anonymous said...

Hurray! I'm so glad that you can see the doctor next week and that you don't have to wait any longer. Smart thinking to take your dad.
The blog is a great idea -- John and I are thinking about you and Allison everyday and anxious and eager to hear the latest to know what is happening so that we know what we can be praying for.

James said...

We're so glad to hear that you were able to get in to see the Doc in Houston so quickly. We love you and your family, and are hoping for the best! You guys continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

DLG said...

Goods news, Ben. Hope the trip goes well and you can establish a plan that will please you and the docs. Will keep following the blog. -Dave

Whitney said...

I am glad you are doing such great research. I absolutely adore you both... in a way I guess one would not express until something like this comes up. You are the most honest and kind, tender people. I wish I had something to say that would make a difference. Please just know that I am thinking about you ALL the time, will be reading about your progress and wish you health and quick recovery.

I must admit that reading your blog makes me cry. I know things in life happen for a reason. It is just hard to know that you and your family are struggling with this. You are the kind of people I wish came wrapped in a big plastic bubble that could keep you safe always.

Good luck at your appointment, Ben. If you need anything Allison, I am a phone call and a few streets away.

Much love,

Bethany said...

Thank you for the blog and the updates. Sounds like Lars and I are among the MANY friends and family who have you both on our minds and in our prayers on a daily basis. We love you guys so much. Please let us help in any way we can.

Kathryn said...

You can do this! I am so glad you got in to the doc in Houston. It is always good to have different opinions and it looks like you got the best! Good luck my friend! I love you and the family...
Always in my thoughts and prayers.
Love you,

Lisa said...

MD Anderson is the best treatment hospital you could be going to at this time. Our prayers are with you. Even Sam who doesn't know you prays for you and your family every night.
Eat some good Tex-Mex for us, ok?

ghd3 said...

Ben: Great talking last night, thanks for the time. Hoping the appt. goes well in Houston this week and will look forward to hearing/learning more. I think the blog is a great idea. We love you and are pulling for/with you. You and your family are in the Durhams' thoughts and prayers.

Patrick said...

I wish we were closer to SLC! We have been praying and fasting for you and your family. We so want everything to turn out okay. Thanks for keeping us updated. Know of our deep concern at this time. Keep up the positive attitude and fighting spirit! And good luck in Texas!

Your NH fanclub,
Patrick & Emily

Anonymous said...

Ben and Allison,
TMJ just emailed today informing us of your condition. Very sorry to hear about it but confident that you'll endure what comes well and know that "thy days are known and thy years shall not be numbered less" (D&C 122:9). I can't think of another set of ears or eyes that I rather have backing me up than TMJ, unless perhaps it were CGJ! We'll be praying for you.

Chris & Rochelle

jason said...


Our family has had you in our thoughts and prayers constantly for the past few weeks, and will continue to do so.

The last two times I've headed out the door to climb the Pass, Laura yells "do it for Ben!" Proud to say the fastest time from home to summit was achieved on Sat in a Fireweed-like rain & hail storm. But, when I reached the top I realized my inconsequential record would be no less than 7-10 minutes longer than yours would be. We know without doubt that you will tackle this challenge like you climb on a bike - with absolute tenacity.


Jason, Laura, Caitlin, Hannah, and Max

PS: Just curious if anyone has explained to this melanoma that's it's messing with a guy who has no idea how to back down.

Lizzy said...

Ben and Allison,

What an amazing family you have. As with everything else you guys do, you'll overachieve in this challenge, too. Our prayers are with you each day.

Tim and Liz Conde

Anonymous said...

Dear Ben and Allison,

We love you! Thank you for doing this blog. It is great to be able to be informed without inundated you with calls and e-mails.
Please know that all of the CMJ's are praying hard for both of you as well as your family. So are all of the patrons of the St George Temple.
Didn't Lance Armstrong go to the MD Anderson Cancer Center?
Lots of love,
U. Craig & A. Susan

Anonymous said...

Ben and Allison,

We wish you the very best.


Cameron, Crystal, and Benjamin Leo