1/8 – Step by Step – Good News

Helene and I went to Dr. J today for a check up on the Myeloma markers and it was good news. So far we have achieved over a 40% remission. This does not include the two most recent treatments since blood was taken at Saturday session and did not have time to register so Dr. J feels we are at 50% or what they call PARTIAL REMISSION. They are very pleased with this.

By the numbers:

Light Chain Kappa reading was 47.40 down from 475.96 at diagnosis. (3.30-19.40 normal range) Lambda still normal and the Kappa/Lambda ratio is at 6.475 down from 76.64 (.26 – 1.65 normal range)

Heavy Chain Protein (which doesn’t react to treatment as quickly) showed all normal but IGg which measured 2141 down from 3324 (700 – 1600 normal range)

M Spike was down to 1.51 from 2.68 at diagnosis. This number needs to be close to zero but Dr. J very happy about this. Not uncommon to see M Spike in the 3-4 range in MM patients from what I understand.

GOING FORWARD – 2 more cycles of CRD (Carfilzomib, Revlimid and Dexamethasome) – 3 weeks on and 1 week off beginning 1/18. No follow up with Dr. J until March but we will be monitoring markers after each cycle. At 90% remission (hopefully after these 2 but maybe 3 cycles) we will begin to harvest stem cells for a possible transplant. Long way off. KEEP DOING WHAT YA DOING CHEMO.

ALL IS WELL – LONG, LONG WAY TO GO BUT WE WILL CELEBRATE EACH STEP ALONG THE WAY.

As I said – no spiking the ball. Things change and they change rapidly. But for now it’s one foot in front of the other …

http://youtu.be/f9jeh4mA5us

#bradstrong community – I couldn’t have gotten to this point without all of you. THANK YOU! It’s a great day to fight cancer … again.

16 responses to “1/8 – Step by Step – Good News

  1. It is so good to hear that good news!! Keep doing what you are doing, The meds plus a positive attitude towards this seems to be going well for you. A great silver lining to see today!! xo Hillary

  2. Good news! We are all so proud of how strong you are! Keep up the positive attitude! The Lewis’

  3. Dear Brad, All of the above and then some. Such great news – you are beating it back and out of your body. Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous!!! Loved the youtube, too, Great message. We are on yuor side and keep up the good work. Love, Uncle Herb & Aunt Robera

  4. Brad,
    We are so happy to hear the positive news. We’ve been thinking of you often and been really pulling for you since we all got together on Thanksgiving. You truly are an inspiration to us all, with your remarkable attitude, tenacity, and candor — what a profound impact that you have made and continue to make on us. Keep fighting and keepin it bradstrong. Looking forward to seeing you and the family very soon.
    Much love, Eric, Becky, and Charlotte

  5. Yay!! I’ve been a bit behind the past few days… And I am up early today b/c Samantha ended up in our bed in the middle of the night and I’ve been getting kicked all night long!! Anyway, so, so happy that I’m up now reading such positive news from you!! What a great way to start my day! I know the journey is long and that they’ll be days with good news and days of setbacks…but we all know that life is about enjoying and relishing in the good moments and making each day count! Love you…happy that u were given positive news…have a great day!! 🙂

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