Update 7: Wedding Season’s Greetings

It’s safe to say 2015 was by far the craziest year of my life.

It was a rollercoaster of bad news, pain, and discomfort that was repeatedly countered with overwhelming swells of love and support from friends and family.

NYE Wedding

The finally of my 2015 all came to a crescendo with my sister getting hitched on New Years Eve. It was quite the night to remember – my sister looked absolutely stunning as she walked down the isle to trade the Gates name for Galbraith, there were over 200+ friends and family from all over in attendance, and I had the honor of officiating the actual wedding ceremony (which was pretty nerve wracking for me).

Admittedly, I was a bit worried – I hadn’t been feeling all too well in the days leading up to the ceremony and was terrified of passing out behind the alter mid-vows or something, totally ruining everything.

Luckily, it all went according to plan and I was even able to somewhat keep up with everyone despite the fact that for the past five months I’ve been spending main exercise has been comprised of of a few sets of moving from the bed to couch and back (unfortunately, my dance floor stamina just isn’t what it used to be).

Health Update

It’s been a while since my last health update because frankly, there really hasn’t been much news lately (which is kind of a good thing).

For my treatment protocol I basically go through five phases of chemotherapy. Just before the wedding I wrapped up phase 3, ending with another bone marrow biopsy which thankfully is still clear of any detectable Leukemia!

Based on my treatment plan, that means I have two phases left. Phase 4 is supposed to last about two months and from what I can tell, is probably going to suck comparatively to my other phases. Unfortunately, I’ve developed a little cough/cold (I’m assuming it’s from the wedding) so I’m having to delay starting until that goes away, but hopefully I’ll get started soon so I can get this over with.

The 5th and final phase actually lasts three years and is primarily for maintenance purposes. After being diagnosed just a few months after my 26th birthday, it’s kind of crazy to think that I’ll be every bit of thirty-years-old by the time this is all said and done (if everything goes to plan).

I find myself daydreaming pretty frequently about what I want to do when this is all over and I have to stop myself. Though I think it’s good to have goals and things to look forward to, 2015 has taught me that life sometimes has other ideas for you and your plans and that’s ok. I feel like I’m one of the lucky ones – to get diagnosed a serious health condition and to have things going well and in the right direction – but deep down part of me is still waiting for the other shoe to drop.

All in all, I have the best team of doctors and nurses, friends and family I could ever ask for and I’m going to keep moving forward full steam ahead.

Thanks and love to all of you – Brock


8 thoughts on “Update 7: Wedding Season’s Greetings”

  1. So good to hear things have been going okay. Thinking about you man. When this is over. I plan on making a trip up to see you….. With my guitar. Would love to have another #Applecox reunion.

    Stay positive. Stay strong. And know you have an incredible support system. We are all following your progress, and wishing you the best.

    Cheers (and dingers)


  2. Brock, you did a fantastic job officiating your sister’s wedding and we were all so glad to see you. Great news with your last biopsy – let’s keep up the momentum! Thanks for the update, we enjoy hearing about your progress. Stay well!

  3. Fight on Rockstar! Thanks for the update…you know we’re ‘all-in’ for you and your crew…Love to hear you are ‘status quo’…and moving to the end of all this…Godspeed Brockster…

  4. Hi Brock,
    So glad to see your update. I look forward to getting together with you when you are better and have finished your chemo.
    Keep the faith, you are always in my prayers. Sending you love and stamina,

  5. Brock,

    Thanks for the update. It was great to see you at the wedding and you did an awesome job officiating the marriage of Bailey and Pete.
    The Aoki’s hope for nothing but good fortune for you.


    Kevin, Bethany, Aiden, and Brennan Aoki

  6. Brock thank you so much for your update. We are continuing to pray for your healing. God’s love never fails.
    What an honor to get to officiate your sister’s wedding. I am so glad everything turned out as planned.
    You and your family are definitely an inspiration!!

  7. Good hearing from you Brock
    And the Wedding was Amazing!
    Was great to be there for Bailey & Pete and be with THE FAM!
    You did a Great Job and looked
    Fan-Tastic. Was a fun time. Lets
    All get together this summer. Will bring the “GLOVES”. Love
    You all…Dean & Debbie

  8. Hey Brock. Your dad has told me that you’re doing better, that for now, the Cancer has gone. I hope that your health continues to improve. 🙂

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