Thursday, February 26, 2009

Back to Boston

It has been a very long time since I have written on this blog. Many people have asked me about updates and fortunately, there is not much to say on the CML front. Of course that is a good thing, but does not make for very interesting writing. Since November, my life has continued as normally as possible.

Yesterday, I went back to Boston to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for my 6 month checkup with Dr. Stone. Despite a lengthy wait, my wife and I eventually met with him and my blood work (just a CBC) all came back within normal limits. The important test, the PCR, I need to wait 2 weeks to find out the results. My last PCR test was quite low and I was having a major molecular response to the medication. I will keep you posted when the results come back. Needless to say, it was a rather uneventful visit since there was no news to discuss. I have since learned that although I may see it as rather mundane, others are more anxious about the meeting. I will do a better job of communicating about these events.

In other news, next week, I will be attending the Bright Lights Event for people who raised money for the Light the Night fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In a previous posting, I had commented about our grand total. Apparently, this number was not accurate. Team Gershon actually raised $16,668. That is an amazing number, especially given the economy. We were the top fundraising team in the state. We also had 7 people who raised more than a $1000 from my team including myself. They are my brother and sister-in-law David and Lisa, my parents, my sister-in-law and brother-in-law Beth and Jeff, my father-in-law Bob, my cousins, Julie and John, and my aunt and uncle, Nancy and Paul. I wanted to again extend a huge thank you to all of you who participated and contributed to this event. I hope it will not be as rainy next year and perhaps we can raise even more money.