I had my check up with Dr. J. today at Mt. Sinai. Things are progressing well. They are very pleased with the results. Although the M Spike was unchanged the IGg count was lower and the Kappa/Lambda was lower. These are the important things. This is what they call VGPR or Very Good Partial Remission.
We discussed next steps. I will have one more cycle of CRD beginning 3/15 for 28 days. Fridays and Saturdays again. After this cycle is finished I will have my second PET CT scan to look at the bones and then we will begin to harvest stem cells for the transplant.
I don’t know if we will do a transplant right away although he is leaning that way because of the “bulkiness” of the tumors in the bones. “Bulky” isn’t a good word to describe cancer I don’t think but the fact is we knew my bones were a mess. The fact that I am responding to the chemo so well gives me hope that the “bulkiness” is diminishing.
I am moving well. Able to run, do the elliptical. All of the things I was struggling with pre-Chemo are no longer a factor. I can get in and out of the car. I can put my pants on without holding on to the wall or dresser. I can jump and run. It doesn’t hurt when I sneeze anymore. I feel great. Natalie, the nurse practitioner, says that means the bones are regenerating.
I have mixed emotions right now. I am thrilled that the blood work is normalizing and that the cancer is going away. I am not so thrilled that my journey is still just beginning. Stem cell transplant is tough. I have been reading a lot about it and quite frankly was hoping to avoid it altogether. Regardless, I will – as I have all along – do what my doctor says to do.
It is one more step in an incredibly long journey toward remission. I am fortunate that everything has gone according to plan so far. I am fortunate that I am able to work, to coach, to spend time with friends and family. This could be a lot worse. A LOT WORSE than it is.
So I am off to Orange County, California for a weeks worth of meetings tonight. Keeping my head down. Raising dough and fighting cancer. Feeling great. Feeling #bradstrong