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4 January 2016 / erikduval

Nice, and a bit scary

I really enjoyed the last few weeks at home. Tomorrow, I will go back to the hospital. I will have chemotherapy for a week and then I will have my stem cell transplant. (Thank you, anonymous donor!) If all goes well, I will be back home in about four weeks from now.

Although I will need many, many months of revalidation thereafter, it’s nice to see the actual therapy hopefully drawing to a close.

Frankly, it’s also a bit scary. On the short term, I am definitely not looking forward to four weeks in hospital. More fundamentally, the new stem cells I will receive should really clean up any last remaining cancer cells in my body. Otherwise – well, I’m not completely sure what we will do otherwise. I guess we can worry about that later if we need to…

For now, I’m mostly hopeful and confident: I wish you all a hopeful and confident 2016 too!



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  1. Alan B. / Jan 4 2016 1:30 pm

    I wish you a happy new year as well Erik and improved health.

  2. r3becca / Jan 4 2016 2:23 pm

    I hope the five weeks pass swiftly for you and that the stem cells do their job to perfection. Hang in there.

  3. Geert van Calster / Jan 4 2016 2:50 pm

    Tjonge. Courage gewenst, collega!: er gaat veel positieve energie uit naar je! Geert.

  4. siavogel / Jan 4 2016 3:50 pm

    Heel veel sterkte er weer mee en ik wens je 2016 een prachtig jaar met vernieuwde gezondheid.

  5. wrubens / Jan 4 2016 5:25 pm

    Veel sterkte, kracht en beterschap. Voor 2016 en daarna

  6. Stijn Kelchtermans / Jan 4 2016 6:37 pm

    Een voorspoedig 2016, Erik! Met extra vlijtige stamcellen!

  7. Marian / Jan 5 2016 1:21 pm

    Beste Erik, veel sterkte de komende weken, en een wonderschoon 2016 (and beyond) gewenst!

  8. christienbok / Jan 5 2016 5:53 pm

    Sterkte de komende weken Erik!

  9. Tasos Koutoumanos / Jan 9 2016 7:27 pm

    May the new year bring enough joys and health to recover from the hard times of 2015. Best wishes and lots of + energy!

  10. lijo89 / Jan 12 2016 2:49 pm

    “For God so loved the world that He gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.”
    Jn 3:16
    You are in prayers. Trust in the Lord.

  11. Gert-Jan Hufken / Jan 14 2016 11:32 pm

    Op een 2016 met volledig herstel! Hou vol !

  12. Nils Faltin / Jan 15 2016 11:32 am

    All the best for your recovery, Erik!

  13. SimonBuckinghamShum (@sbuckshum) / Feb 7 2016 9:25 am

    Warm wishes coming your way from Sydney Erik…

  14. dougclow / Feb 9 2016 3:33 pm

    Thinking of you and wishing you well, as ever.

  15. Marian / Feb 11 2016 4:41 pm

    Keeping my fingers crossed that all went well and that you are not convalescing at home.

    • Marian / Feb 11 2016 4:42 pm

      now… not not

  16. Stijn Kelchtermans / Mar 2 2016 11:17 am

    Hope you’re hanging in there, Erik! Best wishes.

  17. olga caprotti (@_olgacaprotti_) / Mar 7 2016 9:43 am

    Thinking of you. Be well.

  18. r3becca / Mar 7 2016 10:28 pm

    Thinking of you. Fingers crossed that things are going as planned

  19. dougclow / Mar 14 2016 12:33 pm

    For anyone who hasn’t heard the terrible news: sadly, Erik has died. More details here:

  20. Karine Nicolay / Mar 14 2016 7:21 pm

    I have known Erik only briefly, but I knew immediately he was one of the good guys (and a really really good prof, the kind the world needs more of). Last week I came and had a look at his blog because I felt it lasted too long before we heard again from him. Today my ex-colleague sent me the sad news. Goodbye Erik. Your work and attitude will live on… Innige deelneming aan zijn vrouw en kinderen.

  21. Gert-Jan Hufken / Mar 16 2016 10:22 pm

    Een schok om te lezen dat Erik ons heeft moeten verlaten, mijn condoleances voor partner en kinderen, ook namens de collega’s van Dommel Valley.

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