Final Post


This is Austin’s father, Carty.

We lost our beautiful son Austin to Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia this past May 8th.

This blog was an enormously important source of inspiration and comfort for Austin, many of you have told us it was valuable for you as well.

Deb (his mom), Dylan (his brother), and I miss him terribly as you might imagine.

We’ll leave the blog up indefinitely and keep an eye on the comments.  You can reach us at <debra at roundpond dot net>, <carty at roundpond dot net>, and <dylan at roundpond dot net>.

Thanks for all your engagement and encoragement.  ALL is a nasty disease, there is a lot of work remaining to make progress toward a cure, if you are able – consider a donation to the The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.



    • Louise
    • June 11th, 2016 10:36pm

    Thank you for leaving this blog up. I couldn’t pass by without providing a heartfelt acknowledgement of your son/brother’s journey, how insightful it is to read, about the disease, fighting, facing death and about our faith in – and the trade-offs – of medical interventions, hope and acceptance. I’m sorry for your loss.

  1. When I originally commented I seem to have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and from now on whenever a comment is added I receive four emails with the exact same comment. Perhaps there is an easy method you can remove me from that service? Kudos!

    • Jen
    • February 23rd, 2017 5:53am

    I’m 39 and my 63 ur old father was diagnosed last week with aggressive Leukemia…its been a whirlwind of emotions …and a lot of tears. Behind closed doors…I am completely unsure of everything about Cancer. I am a single mother of 5 ….from age 19 to 3. I have been thru ANYTHING imaginable…. And some things unimaginable…. But this…..this scares the shit out of me! I lost my mother in 2005 to a heart attack ….I lost !my grandmother (the most important PERSON in my life) in 2015. And unfortunately. For my dad whom needs a marrow doner.. He lost his only sibling to Cancer in 2015. A month before my Granny’s passing. So my heart is breaking right now. Aside from my 93yr old grandfather (whom he’s decided NOT to tell about his cancer) my dad is all in have left. . . He starts chemo tomorrow’s at Ku medical center in Kansas city 100 days he will be there… That’s four hours from me and my sister and all his grandkids. This just isn’t fair. On top of him being an alcoholic.. He’s a heavy tobacco user. I’m trying to remain hopeful but I google and read A LOT. SMH AND it doesn’t help that my step mother really doesn’t answer too many of the questions I have about his CANCER. I feel I’m being left in the dark to how bad it ReALLY is. Your sons blog….was real. And its beautiful. Knowing your losing a battle you’ve fought so hard had to be so disappointing and exhausting. It def opened my eyes to “their” side of knowing when its time to throw in the towel and just enjoying the last of what time is left. My heart goes out to you..his parents and I will pray for God to keep u up and give u strength to continue to use your pain and love for ypour son to comfort others that are going thru similar situations. I cannot even begin to imagine what losing a child must feel like. God bless

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