|With Dr. Keating yesterday|
With that preamble, I am very happy to report that Renee and I received great news from my doctor yesterday at MD Anderson. Specifically, my PET and CT scans were clean - no sign of active lymphoma. This means the lymphoma is in complete remission (CR). I mentioned in a previous post how deadly Richter's transformation is - and it is the lymphoma that is usually responsible for the mortality rates. So - this was fantastic news. The test result for CLL (bone marrow biopsy) is not available yet. I hope to have that within a few days at most. Of course I will share that with you when I receive it. I think I have indicated before that if there is less than 5% CLL, we will not panic, as there are several options in terms of how to handle that. Still, of course we are praying for another "clean" result.
Dr. Chitra Hosing is my transplant doctor and she deserves a great deal of credit. Still, I look at Dr. Keating as the guy who saved my life - he called the play, which was a low-percentage play, but it was the only possible path to a cure. With some heavenly help, he threaded the needle and, hopefully, has given me a new lease on life. I said to him, "I can't thank you enough", and his response was "yes you can, and you have, just by coming here to see me" (I didn't have an appointment).
Another thing I am certain of is that all of your prayers were heard. I can't thank you enough for the outpouring of support and prayer. I know that this battle is far from over - but as I have said before, it's a battle I can't lose. More soon.....
with heartfelt gratitude - Dan and Renee