Wednesday, May 14, 2014

And it keeps rolling

It's Berenson week. Well, Berenson day this week. We see him Friday. It's the monthly visit.  I got my labs results today. Normally when I get my labs I can predict what Berenson will say. Stay on path, change path.  Last month I had a giant drop in my numbers. So for the past month I've been thinking I'd have a repeat. My numbers would drop, I'd get off of Treanda and back on to maintenance.  To top it off, I figured my numbers would drop so much, that I could put off chemo for an extra week, allowing me to feel 100% for the BolderBoulder. By the way, we've raised almost $5,000 with a week to go in our fundraising. Remember we're raising funds for Berenson's non-profit research group, the Institute of Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research. As we know, Berenson is one of the leading myeloma doctors in the country and is vital to the success I've had.

Anyhow, that's how I figured things would unfold.  Today I got my lab results. They all sounded great. Standing alone, they're good. But then I came home and looked at last month's results. And I didn't get the drop I anticipated.  Instead they went up. Don't get me wrong, they're good. But they went up. So I have no idea what Berenson will say.  Am I at a point where maintenance is next. Or do I do another cycle of treanda? Or....I just don't know. It's a mystery. Well, we'll find out Friday. The unknown of myeloma keeps rolling along.

But the key is I feel pretty good. I've been going to the gym on my lunch break. Energy is up. Blood count is good, almost normal. Creatinin stays low. All good signs.

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