[Fcs-faculty] FW: Your health

Robert Nathan Mayer Robert.Mayer at fcs.utah.edu
Tue Sep 10 11:16:57 MDT 2013

Below is part of an email exchange between Beverly and me.  She gave me the green light to share it with you.  Count your blessings.

From: Beverly Ann Brehl
Sent: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 10:51 AM
To: Robert Nathan Mayer
Subject: RE: Your health

HI Rob -

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers - they mean so much.

I spent a day in the hospital last week because I had pain in my side and wanted to rule out appendicitis. It turns out that the cancer in my liver has grown enough to put pressure on the surrounding area, which is the main source of the discomfort (although it turns out the sharper pain was a UTI, so at least that can be cleared up pretty easily). My doctors are discussing treatment options, but we know that the current treatment is not working, so there will definitely be a change. I will likely be moving to another chemo drug, which will be administered weekly. It will make me lose my hair again and probably leave me at a low energy level (as there's no recovery period in between treatments). I may be having a liver-directed procedure first (likely the same thing I did last October to the other side of my liver - see http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=22877037). We need to wait a few weeks before doing anything, as I had chemo on 8/30, and my white count is really low.

So it's been a very challenging week - it's never easy to get bad news, and it's terrifying to continue to cross treatments off the list. Thank you so much for your support. I'll continue to keep you updated.


Beverly A. Brehl, PhD
Associate Director, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE)
Assistant Professor (Lecturer), Department of Family and Consumer Studies
University of Utah

MLIB 1705 (Faculty Center, Marriott Library)

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From: Robert Nathan Mayer
Sent: Monday, September 09, 2013 5:31 PM
To: Beverly Ann Brehl
Subject: Your health

Any update on your health?
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