Monday, April 8, 2013

"C is for ....."

"C is for Cookie that's good enough for me." I am 40, my children never got into Seaseme Street, and this is still the first thing that pops into my brain when I hear the letter "C". Yes, it is now followed quickly by Cancer as the big C in my life.

Did you know that in North America 5000 people a day are told that they have cancer and 1 and 3 people in their lifetime will get cancer? Whenever the word cancer comes up in conversations it is a big downer, but over 12 million people in the US are living with cancer....and luckily I am one of those.

I got great news from my bone marrow biopsy last week. I have less than 5% cancer in my marrow based on one test (TRAP stain) and less than 1% based on another test (flow cytometry). So no more chemo for me for now. I have to go back every 3 months for blood tests, and we watch and wait. I am feeling great just still some holdover chemo fatigue.

We asked my doctor what the protocol for the next round of chemo would be. He did not even want to speculate because there are some new drugs being tested that are getting good responses that could change everything. We did all agree that the cladribine was very toxic for me and we would not do a repeat round of that... so hopefully when the time comes for chemo again it will be outpatient and I will be in much better shape when I start.

Thanks to everyone for all your prayers and support!! It is great to be feeling good again.