Thursday, August 27, 2009

Best to know

The bone marrow biopsy showed 2.8% of the cells were CLL. The three lines of cell growth were adequate including the platelet precursors (megakarocytes) so the platelet problem is a return of my ITP, which is the better of the two possibilities, the other being cancerous shut down of the bone marrow.

So the CLL and the ITP are back in the nodes and in the marrow playing their nasty games with my life, though the blood may still be clean.

Not the news I wanted to hear, but not unexpected. For me it is always better to know the enemy you are dealing with. It certainly makes my present situation more clear. What to come and what to do is less clear.

I am busy tonight with McGill events and projects with my children, and broken electric gates and overdue paperwork, so more later.

The biopsy news is rather cold and stark, and so my response must match.


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4 Comments:

Blogger J.R. said...

The enemy has met its match in you. I know for whom the bell tolls and it's NOT for you. Take heart and know that it is you who will be victorious.

Janet Morrison

August 27, 2009 at 11:25 PM  
Blogger Alison said...

There is you to keep fighting, Brian.

August 28, 2009 at 12:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Brian

Still keeping up with your news from Sunny Spain, sorry to hear that your news is not so sunny today.

I am thinking of you and sending you and the family all our good wishes and hopes.

Looking forward to hearing the next step on your rocky path. Keep going, keep fighting - It is the only way. Your attitude and spirit will get you through this.

love
Susan

August 28, 2009 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Chonette said...

I identify myself with those feelings, even my last tranplant report says "she is extremely well no problems or complains" in the back of my mind still waiting to hear the CLL is there somewhere.
At a transplanted patients meeting I went in London there were a couple of people that had two transplants, so do not forget there is always that option again.

August 30, 2009 at 1:00 AM  

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