|Coupla' Rookers Cooking up a Storm on a Gorgeous Spring Afternoon|
|My sister Jill DiCicco|
Jill was fervently praying for me, as were many others, as I went to the clinic this morning to get my counts. There's a dichotomy to this treatment process, so if I may provide some background....on the one hand, I was told that 70% of patients with my disease characteristics achieve a complete remission (CR) with this FCR treatment. On the other hand, low neutrophil counts are a side effect that can render the treatment ineffective, (actually excessively toxic to the neutrophils), and it can fail for that reason. Therefore my low neutrophil counts, while they can be successfully dealt with in many instances, sometimes they cannot be corrected and treatment has to stop (and another one tried). All that to explain why I get nervous when they are low and treatments have to be delayed. Reviewing my Bible verses at these times is extremely helpful. Still, I was anxious this morning. I got good news at 8:55 am - my "neuts" were up to 1400 - my marrow had recovered and fired up production on its own (the neulasta shot I got on Feb 14 had worn off), this time, just a few days later than it did after the last cycle. So - I was in treatment by 9 am and day 1 is in the books. Praise God from whom all blessings flow!
There's one other prayer burden that I will mention - it is quite possible that I will at some point require a stem cell, or bone marrow transplant. If the current treatment is successful, this may not be for several years, but the prayer request is that one of my sisters (both of whom have been featured now on my blog), would be a donor match - a perfect match. There is a one in 4 chance for each sibling to be a match. We've talked about statistics, but we believe that God could miraculously "match" one of them even if there are not a match today. He's done much more miraculous things than that, like create the Universe and raise Jesus from the dead! The matching process will be starting soon, as a precautionary action. I will keep you posted on this, but if you would add this to your prayer list I would be very grateful.
I am so blessed by your prayers and encouragement. Whatever God's plans are for me, I know He hears prayers and answers many of them, and I trust Him completely. I hope this finds you well. Love - Dan