|Just about to cross the starting line, center, waving :-)|
Greetings - are you still with me? I'm still with you! I hope my infrequent updates and all-around normalcy haven't dampened your interest...but I would understand. I've had several check-ups in a row now where there have been no anomalies in my blood counts - which is fantastic news. Also, since my last post, I've been taken off of the protective anti-biotics, anti-virals, and anti-fungals that have been helping to keep infections away. The reason for this is that my t-cells - key components of my fledgling immune system - have surpassed a key milestone. That means that I am drug-free, except for the neurontin that helps manage my neuropathy symptoms (tingling feet). Hard to believe - my "original equipment" immune system is long gone, and my transplanted immune system from Laure's bone marrow is doing everything my old one was - except produce cancer cells! A true medical miracle - but above that, a miracle of God, because the docs don't know why one transplant works and another doesn't.
|At the finish with my cheering squad|
As I announced in my last post, I joined the Team in Training with the intent of running in the City of Oaks 10K race in order to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society - that race was 2 days ago and I completed it without walking - which was a big surprise - I never ran more than 4 miles in practice - but the excitement of being among 5,000 racers must have gotten me past the pain. More importantly, I raised $12,500 for L&LS, thanks to many of your generous donations. I plan to participate in more events in the future. A very special thanks to my good friend Eddy Tsang from Hong Kong, who made a particularly lavish donation, which was the major contributor to my being the top fund-raiser out of 75 TNT participants.
Work is going well and it looks like I will be installed in a "real" job with an organization and everything very soon. I am a little anxious but also very excited about it. I end my post today with a request for prayer. Next week, Renee and I will be going to Houston for my 90 day re-check - so I will get the battery of cancer screens. Your prayers will see me through. Trusting in Him and praising Him for all he has done - Dan and Renee