Monday, September 8, 2008

"Celebrate good times, come on! (Let's celebrate)" Cool and The Gang

I just returned from the doctor and I am bursting with the good news: No leukemia in the bone marrow. If this is not an outright cure, it is at least  a deep remission, (MRD negative by 4 color flow cytometry for the CLL savvy) a necessary and critical step in the right direction of leaving CLL disappearing in the rear view mirror.  Like my friend, Robert flooring his tricked out Porsche Carrera and saying goodbye to my beemer like it's standing still. Or that my nice sport sedan is moving in reverse. This is a true high five moment. CT scans and engraftment studies are still pending. I will write soon about what this could mean and how it fits into the whole picture, but nothing, nothing at all can take away the joy of this moment.
I am so happy.
Pardon all the adolescent car imagery. We are still looking for wheels for Ben ( email him at if you can help, please).


Blogger Howard said...

Dr. "K" that is such beautiful news to hear. I am very happy for you & the rest of us cller`s also. As you have shown us there is a way out of this place. Watching from afar. Many Blessings, Be well, it will be so Howard

September 8, 2008 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Wendy S. Harpham, MD said...

Congratulations! Great news very much worth celebrating.

I suspect I wasn't clear in my earlier-posted comment on why "cure" is no longer a primary goal for me. But I'll save my further explanation for a day of reflection or discussion, not a day of celebrating.

With hope, Wendy

September 9, 2008 at 6:56 AM  
Blogger P. Valentine said...

YAHOO! Let's CELEBRATE! We miss you and wish there was something we could do for you; You've done so much for our family. This truly is an AWESOME Adventure. Blessings to you and yours. Looking forward to your cure and return to doing what you do best. Enjoy the writing class.

September 9, 2008 at 7:08 AM  
Blogger momr said...

I am a fellow CLL'er who has been watching, reading and holding my breathe around your journey. I have been entertained, blessed and informed by you and now please know that I am celebrating with you!! Enjoy and stay well.

September 9, 2008 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Judy Cleri said...

Yippee........I am thrilled to her the fantastic news. That is so awesome. I guess there is only one thing left to say.......Thank you Lord!

Now on to bigger and better things, like being able to return to all of us missing you in DB.

By the dream car.....a Porsche Carrera. Do you think your friend Robert would like to share?????


September 9, 2008 at 9:25 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Congratulations, you are so close to I can taste it. Great work.

September 9, 2008 at 9:30 AM  
Blogger Linda Morse said...

Outstanding!!! Leave it dying in your dust, dear man. I am so happy for you...

September 9, 2008 at 10:17 PM  
Blogger Karen O said...

Hey, Dr. Brian, you are in my prayers and I am rejoicing for your good news. I pray you will have many years of good health and that you have, indeed, reached cure. Keep writing. Karen Owens

September 10, 2008 at 6:36 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Doctor Koffman, What great news! I certainly know what you are feeling. I received my reprieve 15 yrs ago when I too was told that my body was cancer free. It is truly New Life!

Helen and I read your blog every morning and we have since it started. I just learned how to write to it this morning. We are sooo happy for you and those you love. May God continue to God Bless you and yours.

We patiently await the return of our doctor to us. We will remain healthy until then.

Phil and Helen Du Bois

September 10, 2008 at 8:57 AM  
Blogger Ronni Gordon said...

I found you on Lea's CaringBridge site so I thought I'd stop in to see what's up. Read back to the first post and will fill in the blanks. I, too, have a "leukemia" blog. Who knew there were so many? Mine is also about running and tennis and different ways of healing. Diagnosed with AML in 2003, auto transplant, remission until Aug. 2007 (ugh), allo transplant last October, graft failure, and another allo in June 2008. Almost 100 days out and counting on third time being the charm. Come visit at
In the meantime, congratulations on your good news!

September 10, 2008 at 6:29 PM  
Blogger Lea Morrison said...


CONGRATS on such wonderful news. You have been such an educated advocate for yourself and your treatment.
Thanks for all of your support on my journey too!!
Lea Morrison

September 10, 2008 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Susan Leigh said...

Brian delighted to read the very very good news, may you go from strength to strength

Shabbat Shalom from across the pond


September 12, 2008 at 2:26 AM  

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