Wednesday, October 04, 2006


Yes, it may be hard to believe, given that it took 1 year to get a response to any chemo regime, but, my numbers continue to go down, even though I haven't had chemo in 4 weeks and underwent a prostate surgery during that same 4 week period. I called in for my myeloma numbers today, from the blood draw on Monday, and my IGG's are now at 1144, down from 1231 in late August!!! Yes!!! I'll interrogate Dr. Rifkin next week when he sees me, but right now I am enjoying the progress even though I can't explain it.

Susan and I shared a bottle of wine tonight and enjoyed the good news, which was such a rarity last year. We toasted our good fortune for having so many good friends and family who cared for us during last year's struggles. May our blessings continue.

Post Script: I just heard this on a television program of all things, but liked it. Philosopher Kahlil Gibran wrote: "Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most massive characters are seared with scars."


sigunjoe said...

Dear, dear Dan,

I am so very happy -- your numbers are down, and you did not even have chemo for weeks. I can't believe it!! How did this miracle happen?? Maybe you can stay off the chemo even a little longer. Can't wait to see what Riffkin has to say.

And your two-mile long walk -- bravo! Bises, Sigun.

Arlene said...


Consider this my BIG smiley face! And, yes - you did make me cry.

We love you all.


Molly said...

congrats! That is such great news!

Dorothy said...

This is wonderful news!! With all the "bloggers" out there in the Patterson corner the numbers had no where to go but down!! Greg and I will have glass of wine tonight for all of the Pattersons. love Dorothy