As most of you are probably aware of, local radio show host/Louisville basketball radio analyst Bob Valvano is currently in a battle with Stage 4 chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Valvano began chemotherapy less than a week ago, and while his first treatment was more than a bit rough, round two appears to have gone much better.
Rough 1st Chemo. Docs said never saw anyone react like that on first day in six years...thank you, thank you very much. Fourteen dry heaves (I counted.) Tough day....but they adjusted anti nausea meds, lowered dose rate and last 4 hours were fine. Didn't expect walk in the park!— Bob Valvano (@espnVshow) May 20, 2021
What a difference a day makes! 2nd day of chemo went fine...no problems at all. And best news?— Bob Valvano (@espnVshow) May 23, 2021
Lab work yesterday showed white blood cells, down from 35 to 6.4.
Normal is 4 to 11. Uric Acid was also off charts, down to normal range as well. Still.plenty hurdles, but what a start.
With Valvano settling into his fight, the Louisville basketball program decided it was time to send him a collective message of encouragement.
This is pretty cool.
We’re all behind you, @espnVshow.#BeatCancer pic.twitter.com/7PTLgL9xuJ— Louisville Basketball (@LouisvilleMBB) May 24, 2021
Props to Kenny Klein, Chris Mack, all the players, and everyone else who made that happen. That was a wonderful move, and it was pretty clear that Valvano was sincerely touched.
Keep sending your prayers, thoughts, good vibes, etc. in Bob’s direction until this battle is won by the good guy.