It’s now 98 days since I was first diagnosed with AML. And to be honest, I haven’t felt this good in quite a while. I’m in remission (meaning that my most recent bone marrow biopsy showed no cancer, thank God), and thanks to chemotherapy and the resulting doses of antibiotics, antivirals, and antifungals, just about every ailment I am normally subject to is now gone.
So, here is where I stand, and where I’m headed:
Today I started the next, and hopefully last, round of chemotherapy. This evening I start taking Busulfan orally, and on Saturday and Sunday I get IV doses of Cytoxan. Between the two, my personal bone marrow will be knocked down to nothing, in preparation for replacement by my donor’s marrow.
Then, next Tuesday, June 28, I report back to the Forth Floor at Northside Hospital, and receive my bone marrow transplant.
My attitude about all this is grateful. God has blessed me with wonderful caregivers, between my doctors and nurses, not to mention my wonderful wife Vicki, and my kids Corrie and Joey. Add to that a wonderful donor, and I am on track to be cured.
So, here we go!