Monday, March 03, 2008

2nd Cancerversary

It is hard to believe, but two years ago today, I received that awful phone call from my eye doctor. I returned a couple of weeks ago for a check of my eyes and all of the scarring was gone.

Over the two years, a lot has changed. In terms of CML, things are going well. I am in molecular remission with few if any side effects. I am working with my oncologist at Dana-Farber and also Dr. Druker at OHSU. My next appointment in Boston is next month and then in May, we are off to Portland Oregon again.

As I reflect on the past two years, I want to give thanks. I am well aware that a diagnosis of cancer affects everyone surrounding an individual. I think it is probably harder for those around me than it is for myself to deal with. I have received the most wonderful support from family and friends. It is at times of need when we really see the true nature of people. I have been so impressed by the responses I have received. I may not say it enough, but I love and thank you for all that you have done for me.

My journey in the CML world takes an interesting turn next month as I head to Washington, DC to lobby our congressmen and senators on behalf of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I am looking forward to this adventure and will keep you posted with details.