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.


Anonymous said...

I am so proud of you and your family and the continued commitment to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Erin A. said...

Thank you for coming to Bright Lights tonight, Jon! It was wonderful to see you and your mom and catch up.

Thank you for all you do, and for your unwavering support of the mission of LLS.

All the best,