Friday, October 3, 2008

"When somebody loves you, it's no good unless they love you all the way" Cahn/van Heusen

(Stay) Just a little bit longer now

Please, please, please, please, please

Maurice Williams (Preformed by the Four Seasons)

It looks like I am going all the way. More reason to celebrate with you on Oct 18 (See prior party post). I cried when I got the following email. I am getting so close to be able to glide for awhile. But I have to wait just a little bit longer, another 10 days.

The letter from Dr. Forman needs some translation. STR means Short Tandem Repeats. It is a way of fingerprinting DNA used in solving crimes. Think OJ and president Clinton. In my case it is employed to test whether my blood cells are from my donor or "residual", in other words, from the old me. On my last test in August I was only 34% donor B cells. They are are now 100% donor.Ya Hoo. Remember too that my cancer was in my old "residual" B cells and those cells are getting hard to find. This does not mean for certain that I am fully engrafted, let alone cured, but since B cells get their marching orders from T cells, it does suggest that the donor army is in firm control of the hematopoietic landscape and that is great news and bodes well. 

Dear Brian,


The STR analysis came back as showing 100% donor B cells but they did not have enough to DNA to do everything.  So I will add another STR analysis for the lab for Monday so they can do the T, monocytes, and granulocytes, so we can look at everything.  Make sure they draw it while you are at the lab on Monday!



I am so lucky and so grateful for my good fortune.


Blogger J.R. said...

Brian -- I am so thrilled at the news. I celebrate this joyous news with you!

October 3, 2008 at 10:23 PM  
Blogger Flow_ence said...

I am so happy the tears keep streaming of joy and celebration that you are continue to heal and your donor core is getting stronger.
See you in celebration on the 18th!

October 4, 2008 at 11:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

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( at Purdue
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October 4, 2008 at 1:08 PM  
Blogger Judy Cleri said...

Dear Dr. K,

How awesome........and how quickly they raised once they got going. There is no stopping you now.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

This is a true blessing from our Lord.


GO DUCKS..............

October 4, 2008 at 1:35 PM  
Blogger Linda Morse said...

Dr K:
How utterly wonder-full for you! At first I was just stunned but then, remembering your refusal to accept the impossible, I just smiled. What joyous news! Judy is right--there's no stopping you now. I will be celebrating with you across the miles...

October 4, 2008 at 5:44 PM  

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