Tuesday, December 20, 2011
My left arm is healing, albeit very slowly. I can touch my left finger to my nose! Reminds me of which, as kids, we used to try to touch our noses with our tongues. I couldn't do that either.
I wish I could paint a different picture, but we're dealing with some very difficult issues. It seems there aren't any treatments left. It's all complicated by my nonfunctioning bone marrow. From my perspective it is extremely frustrating as I would do anything to keep going. So we let the bendamustin treatment shine a ray of light and keep us moving forward.
Peace, light and love to all.
Saturday, December 03, 2011
Sunday, November 06, 2011
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Started the second cycle of carfilzomib this week, Thurs and Fri. I don't notice many side effects other than the fatigue. But the chemo hits my blood counts hard (red cells and platelets) which cause me to go to the hospital for multiple transfusions. For example, I received chemo Thursday p.m., then blood and platelets on Friday morning, went to the clinic for another dose of chemo and discovered I needed another 2 units of blood. Back to the hospital and another 12 hour day. Same thing happened 2 weeks ago. Julia and Bob have given up their Friday nights to bring me dinner on these Friday nights and keep me company. Very sweet.
No news on whether carfilzomib is working. Should know by late October/early November.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
As many of you know the Light the Night walk for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society will take place Thursday, Sept. 22 at Wash Park in Denver. All walkers on my team are invited to a prewalk party at Darin and Liz Schanker's home, 818 S. Franklin, directly to the east of Wash Park, sponsored by Darin's law firm, Bachus and Schanker. The prewalk party starts at 4:30 p.m. and the walk will start around 7 p.m. Please come out and walk to help bring awareness to the need for a cure for blood cancers. Donations can be made at
In the four years that I have participated in the walk we (you!) have raised more than $89,000. That is a huge amount of money for one team to raise. I am very grateful for all of your support over the years. The monies go to blood cancer research, patient services and financial assistance for patients.
I have been the beneficiary of a number of new drugs that have been developed with the help of LLS research monies. Velcade was one of those drugs. Carfilzomib may be another (not sure). These research monies are critical because 1. drug companies do not typically become involved in initial research but rather wait until drugs show promise through government or private funding before they become involved, and 2. many blood cancers, especially multiple myeloma, become drug resistant and therefore new drugs are necessary to keep the cancer in check.
I started on carfilzomib last week. I receive 2 doses a week, along with dexamethasone. Carfilzomib is similar to velcade, i.e., a proteinase inhibitor, with the benefit of showing efficacy after velcade has failed. That being where I am: velcade no longer works on me. Carfilzomib is about the last drug out there for me so we're keeping our fingers crossed. I'll have bone marrow biopsy the end of October to measure the progress. So far, no significant side effects.
My blood counts have been so low, particularly my platelets that I've had a series of nosebleeds. The last one lasted more than a week (yes, 10 days) and required packing my nose for 3 days (not fun) and even that didn't work. Monday's transfusion of blood and platelets seems to have put an end to that nonsense. Ever try walking around with a balloon in your nose and a tube coming out of your nose and taped across your cheek? I wouldn't recommend it.
Hope to see many of you on the 22nd at Light the Night. Thank you again for all you have done and continue to do for my family and me.
Love to all of you,
Friday, August 19, 2011
We talked with my former doc at Sloan about treatment options. He agrees with the plan to put me on carfilzomib. Unfortunately, he didn't have any clear ideas about a plan B. He noted that there are a number of drugs in the works, but we know how slowly that process moves. I've been waiting to get on carfilzomib since early June when it supposedly was fully approved for my use. Rifkin thinks maybe by the first week in September all approvals will be in. Meanwhile, I've been taken off vorinostat and am just on velcade and prednisone. Not sure how this is working, but suspect not too well. The IGGs were rising before I went off vorinostat and I'm getting blood or platelet transfusions every 5 to 7 days. Before starting carfilzomib I'll have to go through the full battery of tests. I think I would prefer not to know the details of what is happening in my bone marrow.
I've signed up for Light the Night again this year. It will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, at Wash Park in Denver. As noted earlier, Darin and Liz Schanker will be hosting a prewalk party at their home (see blog at July 31, 2011). We would like to see a good crowd at the party and at the walk. You don't have to donate to join us for the festivities. If you're interested in donating, however, here is the link to my fundraising page:
I'm sure you're all tiring of my fundraising over the years. I have to emphasize that the research that the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society has funded over the years for blood cancer research has been critical in the development of a number of drugs that have kept me alive, including velcade. Most of you know what my family and I have gone through over the past six years. Your small donation would be a small price if we could save even one family from the trauma of a blood cancer.
I hope to see you at the walk on Sept. 22 (prewalk party at 5:30, walk starts at 7 p.m.)
Darin and Liz would like some idea of how many people to expect for the prewalk party, so if you're planning on attending, perhaps you would send me an email indicating your planned attendance: firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll post Darin's address once I get it.
Thursday, August 04, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
So what do I do when I'm not at the clinic/hospital? Still riding the bike, although the heat wave is keeping me inside more often than I would like. I also manage to mediate a few cases each month, which I continue to enjoy. Lately we've been dealing with our flooded basement--the fourth time in five years; and we've had contractors in 3 times to fix it, which they're apparently not capable of doing. We welcome all recommendations.
I want to thank all of you who contributed to Catherine's triathlon run for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. She has raised $5000, almost twice her goal of $2600. Given Catherine's phenomenal fund raising, I've decided to participate in the Leukemia Society's Light the Night walk. It will take place in Denver at Washington Park, with the walk starting at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22. I am inviting all of you to participate in the walk. Large numbers of walkers bring awareness to the public of the numerous people afflicted with blood cancers. Darin and Liz Schanker have offered, once again, to host a prewalk party at their home on the east side of Washington Park. Darin's law firm, Bachus and Schanker, has been a strong supporter of the Leukemia Society in the past and want to continue their support. I will provide more details on the prewalk party schedule as we get closer to the walk. Also, if you missed the opportunity to contribute to Catherine's triathlon, your contribution to Light the Night would be greatly appreciated. The link to my web page is:
Rifkin has carefully scheduled my treatment and transfusions so I can make the trip to NYC to cheer Catherine on at the finish line in Central Park. Simply put, the plan is to load me up with blood and platelets just before we leave, discontinue any treatment, and then resume when we return. I think they call this blood doping.
That's all that's happening at our household. I hope you are all enjoying your summer. And wherever you live, the heat wave will pass. Yes it will.
Tuesday, July 05, 2011
Regardless of whether you intend to donate I encourage you to read the short intro on her page. It provides some insight into her experience over the past 6 years.
And for those who want to support the cause, the LLS is key to supporting blood cancers, such as myeloma. They provide significant funding for drug development, such as velcade, which keeps people like me alive. They also provide a lot of patient support services as well as financial assistance for those in need. LLS is a fabulous patient oriented, patient advocate organization which is committed to finding a cure for this nastiness. Any amount will help. The Team in Training is another of its fund raising activities, like the Light the Night walk I have supported over the years. Ultimately the funds all go to the same place to help blood cancer patients. Thank you in advance for your support of Catherine's triathlon.
I'm off chemo this week, start my second cycle next week, and should have some numbers in 2 weeks. The chemo was tolerable, but I'm glad for a week's break.
Saturday, June 18, 2011
I'm schedule for another bone marrow biopsy in a week to determine state of my disease. I doubt much has changed because I have difficulty holding my red cells and platelets. I attribute it to the bone marrow being packed with myeloma. I've had 2 transfusions in the last 2 1/2 weeks, the latest being yesterday. But that hasn't stopped me from riding my bike daily. I now log between 15 and 20 miles and have my sights on 30 miles (did 22 miles this morning--day after the transfusion. Blood doping works!).
I feel like I've finally recovered from the cytoxin onslaught and my days feel busy, even though they are quite slow in comparison to all of your busy lives. But it's nice to have the energy to get out and ride the bike or go out to lunch or even to an occasional baseball game. I've wanted to go out to NYC to visit Catherine but Rifkin still has me on the no fly list, so Catherine will be coming home in a few weeks for a short respite in the mountains with the family.
Best to all and Happy Fathers Day to all you Dads.
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
I am wondering whether my new diet has anything to do with my normal white count. I have drastically reduced my consumption of beef, pork and chicken (not totally eliminating it as I need some red meat for my red cells). I also am drinking a daily juice cocktail of carrot, apple and beet juice--recommended by my mother. And I'm taking a whole host of herbs and roots, which I compiled from a variety of resources I've acquired over the years: curcumin, Omega 3, 6 and 9, flaxseed and olive oil, selenium, red clover blossoms, yellow dock, burdock root, vitamins D, B-6 and B-12, and probiotics. Whoa! Susan wonders whether this is too little too late. I say it's just in the nick of time. Whatever. My energy and white count are up.
Had a nice weekend. Brother Mike (the donor) came for a short visit. We took in a Rockies game and had a relaxing weekend just catching up. So that's the status.
Best to all of you.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Please have a relaxing Memorial Day.
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Now for my coming clean. My last bone marrow biopsy was March 31. Next one will probably be in a couple of weeks. The last one was more troubling than any previous ones. Per Rifkin, my disease is raging mad, worse than its ever been. I did not expect the news would be good, but it was worse than I could have imagined. Below are a few of the findings from the bone marrow report.
--Plasma cells 93% (normal is 5% or less). These are the cancerous cells. Many atypical forms present. My plasma cells were at 90% a couple of times previously. Before the transplant in Little Rock and before the transplant in Houston.
--Some background: Healthy people have 46 chromosomes (for males that consists of 22 pairs and an x and a y chromosome). When I first went to Arkansas I had 46 normal chromosomes, which was an improvement from when I was first diagnosed where I had a couple of chromosomal abnormalities. The improvement was thought to be the result of the velcade treatment.
--I now have 52 chromosomes; the extras being clones. Now that's a scarey thought. Me cloning myself. So I said to myself, "self, what's with these extra chromosomes...?" Now seriously, having more chromosomes than 46 is better than having less. I haven't figured out why, but then more is usually better than less in most things in life. These multiple chromosomal abnormalities often appear in the more advanced later stages of myeloma. Not good.
--My M spike (the level of M protein) in my blood is 2.8 (normal being 0). It has been much worse (4.4), but Rifkin attributes the lower level to the myeloma not being as productive in producing M protein, which only means the M spike and IGGs aren't going to be that good in projecting the stage of my disease.
--M spike has now appeared in the urine. Not good. This hasn't been found before and is another sign of the advanced stage of the disease.
Rifkin spoke with a number of his colleagues around the country, including my doc at MDAnderson and the consensus seemed to be the high dose cytoxin--maximum 2 treatments. Because of my languishing white count I was hospitalized for both of the cytoxin treatments. I handled those quite well, as I have most of my high dose chemo. That being said, I'm not optimistic about the cytoxin bringing the myeloma down to any significant degree. This is an alkaline based drug, as have been all of my high dose chemo treatments (5 thus far, including the 3 that preceded each of the 3 transplants). My body has not responded to any of these treatments. Despite my repeated objection to such treatments, following the failure of my first transplant, each doctor has had an explanation why this time it would work. Wrong. My doc at MDA told me candidly they have no other drugs that will wipe out the cells as effectively and let the body start over--even if the drugs don't wipe out the cancer cells. So they filled me with cytoxin. Bone marrow in 2 weeks or so will tell the tale.
Now, with all that I'm not hang dogging it. It has been difficult for my family, mother, brothers, sister, brother in law and those close friends who know the full story. But you know me, ever the optimist, the problem solver, the enjoy each day kind of guy. So, while we're preparing for the worst I'm working on solving this problem myself. I'll do most of what my doctor says, but being a problem solver, I've decided I need to figure this out for me. So I've delved into the details, so to speak. You naturopaths will appreciate this and any suggestions you have will be appreciated.
I am on a daily routine of carrot, beet and apple juice. Curcumin. Triple Omega (flaxseed, omega 3,6,and 9, and olive oil). Pro biotics. Vitamin D, B-6, and B-12. Some of these I've been on for awhile. I have always had good results with steroids and am on 50 mg every other day. The steroids boost the chemo and I figure they could boost the effects of these natural vitamins, antioxidants and the like. Curcumin has been discussed in a number of myeloma blogs over the years and more recently has shown not only an ability to increase the effects of antibiotics, but also the death of cancer cells.
And now let's wind up this long post. I understand a few things. First, we never know what is going to happen. The doctors don't know. I don't know. No one knows. So there is no need to fast forward to an unknown outcome. Things will happen as they are supposed to. I firmly believe at any moment in life everything is as it should be. If it doesn't feel right it is only because of my perceptual limitations. I am at peace with whatever happens. Second, having recovered from the high dose chemo, I don't feel much different than before we got the news from Rifkin. My main problem is fatigue. I'm waiting for the weather to settle in to nice spring/summer weather so I can ride my bike, take walks, go on picnics with Susan, and continue to enjoy life. And finally, I don't have the words to express the depth of the gratitude I feel for each and every one of you in my life. I love you.
Friday, April 29, 2011
I'm hoping those sledding times have toughened me for the latest rounds of treatment. The myeloma has reared its ugly head once again, filling my bone marrow and leaving little room for the good white and red cells. I'm undergoing my second round of high dose chemo (cytoxin) today, in the hospital in Denver. We'll check the progress in a couple of weeks, after I recover from the chemo and then make a plan for the future. No one is suggesting this high dose chemo is going to kill off all the myeloma. The hope is to make a dent so we can use some more traditional chemo that at the present time the docs don't think will work because of the high levels of disease. We are looking at the new drugs, carfilzomib and pomalidomide, but my eligibility for the clinical trials of those drugs is questionable given all the treatment I've had, particularly the allo transplant. There are a few other alternatives that we'll evaluate once I'm through this regime. I am limited to just 2 doses of cytoxin because of its toxicity, so regardless of its effectiveness, we'll have to find another drug soon.
We had a crowd of family for Easter: Susan's brother, my brother Tom, my sister and her family, Julia and Catherine along with a few other friends. Rifkin had carefully orchestrated my recovery from the first high dose chemo so I could participate, which was nice. Lots of love and laughter. All nurtured once again by a fabulous meal prepared by Susan.
The family is quite vigilant as I go through this treatment since the options are narrowing but we remain hopeful and are always grateful for your love and support.
Friday, March 25, 2011
The technology on these devices is amazing. This set has 5 separate programs for such differing environments as loud background noise, music listening, close conversation and talking behind my back. Nah, just kidding on that last one. The devices sense the noise level and move to the appropriate program, which then adjusts the device so I have maximum hearing. I don't have to do a thing to cause these adjustments--all done through the chip in the device, which was programmed with a computer at the doctor's office. Installation of these feels like I just took the mufflers off my ears.
Next week is test week. I've got extensive lab tests, bone marrow biopsy and few others to undergo as part of the vaccine trial I completed. They are allowing me to have these done in Denver. I'll also be talking with Rifkin about the next treatment since the revlimid has hammered my blood counts and isn't consistently holding down my myeloma. My M protein has stayed relatively stable, around 2.7, but the IGGs have jumped from 2800 to 4800 to 3800. The bone marrow biopsy will hopefully provide a better gauge based on the degree of plasma cells detected. Regardless, we'll have to find a different drug(s) to bring the myeloma back in submission. I'm not sure what Rifkin has in mind and I haven't even arrived at my own opinion on the matter. He'll probably go into shock when he hears I don't have an opinion.
Although spring is here, it's still a bit cold for me. I'm waiting for temps consistently in the 70s before I get into a regular bicycling routine. What a wuss I've become. And to think I used to winter camp in Minnesota at minus 30 degree temperatures.
March 23rd was the 6th anniversary of my MM diagnosis. Unbelievable. This has been such an extraordinary journey that I can hardly remember what my life was like before cancer. "But that was in another country, and besides the wench is dead." (from "The Jews of Malta" by Christopher Marlowe). March 24 was brother Mike's birthday--let's just say he's not eligible for Social Security but it's not far away. And March 26 marks the 34th year since Susan and I met on our 2000 mile blind date. Lots to celebrate.
Best to all,
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
I had my counts checked on Friday and I am officially neutropenic. My white count is 1.9 and my neutrofils are .9. Nonetheless, Rifkin kept me on revlimid. He said he wants to "push" it to try to reduce my myeloma. I'm all for that. He just warned me to be careful and stay away from crowds. That's fine for now, but once baseball season starts, I've got to be able to get to the ballpark. I continue to reduce my neurontin for my neuropathies. I'm now at 50% dosage of where I was a month ago. The pain and numbness are more noticeable but the clarity of mind is worth it. Neuropathies caused by chemo, such as mine, can resolve over time and I'm hoping some of that is going on as well. Maybe getting feeling back in my feet will help my bike riding.
I also saw my ear doctor on Friday. While the sinus infection has apparently resolved, the hearing has not improved. I will be getting hearing aids for both ears in the next week. The nerves have been damaged from the chemo and my doctor does not believe it will resolve. I've seen as much improvement as he thinks I'm likely to get. While the chemo has obviously kept me alive, the side effects of these toxins have taken their toll. So be it.
Happy St. Patrick's Day, especially to my Irish friend Mari, who has kept me in cards, jokes, sock puppets and many other items to keep me in good humor through these past six years. May the Lord keep you in his hand and not close His fist too tight.
Wednesday, March 02, 2011
I just returned from MDAnderson. I have now completed the vaccine trial, having received my third vaccine shot on Monday. They will do the full battery of tests in a month to determine its success. I'm not optimistic about those results, because my IGGs and M protein started rising dramatically about 6 weeks ago, resulting in my going back on maintenance revlimid. That seems to have put a hold on the rising numbers--actually bringing the M protein down from 3.1 to 2.6. My doctor at MDA tells me they will be looking at much more than just the M protein and IGGs to determine the success of the vaccine in a month.
But always being a few steps ahead of my docs, I've already started pressing them for their thoughts on the "long term plan." As always there is no long term plan because it's impossible to predict what condition I will be in down the road. But there are many options available now, including the vaccine made from my M protein, another infusion of Mike's cells, and at least two new drugs that are well on their way to FDA approval (pomalidomide and carfilzomib). The most positive aspect of these discussions is that they always seem to find a drug that I respond to.
With ailments we seem to develop a mindset that generally they can be fixed, we will recover and go on with our lives. That often happens even with some cancers. Then there is this nastiness called myeloma, which gets knocked down but then pops back up--just like me. Hmmmm. Is this a coincidence? For now it doesn't feel like crisis management and that is a relief not to have that hanging over us. Those periods elevate the family's stress level, particularly Susan's. As I think back a year ago, we had just arrived in Houston for the transplant from my brother. That was crisis mode, as my counts were still battered from the Arkansas treatment and a donor transplant (allogeneic) brings many risks. When forced to decide whether to go through with the allo transplant, it really wasn't a choice, as I don't know how to give up. Fortunately, we've navigated those waters for now.
Right now we're dealing with an abysmally low white count (1.7) and a similarly depressed neutrofil count (.9)--these are the really really good white cells that fight disease. So no revlimid for the time being as that is what caused the low counts in the first place. I'll see Rifkin tomorrow and we'll make some decisions about the path forward.
I'm anxious for spring as I don't handle the cold very well. This is the first time in three years we've been in Denver for the winter, although our last two winter vacations to Little Rock and Houston left a lot to be desired.
Best wishes to everyone and thanks for hanging in there with us. We continue to be very grateful for all our family and friends. We love you.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
I asked Dr. Q whether Mike's cells had been "coopted" by me and were now incapable of attacking the myeloma. On the contrary, they still have the potential to take down the myeloma, there is just too much myeloma for them to overtake it at this point. Hence, my push for the higher dosage of revlimid.
Dr. Q also went through numerous other options that would be available if the vaccines and the revlimid don't work. Suffice to say MDA is running a wide variety of clinical trials and it sounds lie there are many options on the shelf. While it is disappointing that I didn't get a longer respite following the transplant, so be it. It is what it is.
My hemoglobin was down to 7.7 when in Houston. Thus, when I returned on Tuesday Susan drove me immediately from the airport to the clinic so I could get my blood "typed and crossed" in preparation for a transfusion on Wednesday. I received 2 units of blood on Wednesday. Drs. Rifkin and Q are a bit puzzled by the drop in red cells and are exploring whether it is Mike's red cells attacking mine. Mike's cells need to focus on my myeloma and leave my red cells alone.
And then there's my hearing. These flights really mess up my ears ever since my ear drum burst last June. Only this time it's my right ear. I saw the ENT (ear, nose throat specialist) on Friday and they've documented nerve damage in my right ear and a severe hearing loss since I last had it checked in August. He doesn't really have an explanation, other than drugs, i.e., chemo and current anti fungals and anti virals. I will get hearing aids eventually, but first would like my hearing loss to stabilize. It goes up, it goes down. I guess I need to stay off airplanes. Not much chance of that.
And on a positive note, it feels like my neuropathies are gradually improving. Fewer shooting pains and less frequent numbness. I've reduced my neurontin by 25% to see if I can tolerate a reduction. That would be good.
Despite all this I don't feel too poorly. Still have multiple issues but am gradually accepting them. I do get frustrated with weeks like last, when I spend most days at the clinic/hospital or in some doctor's office.
I think that's enough for now. The ladies in my life are all fine. Unlike me they are hitting the health club with a vengeance. Catherine signed up this year's NYC triathalon and she seems to be starting her conditioning already. I guess that means we'll be in NYC in August to cheer her on.
Love to all,
Sunday, January 16, 2011
After the Board heard from Susan and me, Mr. Stephenson immediately asked us if we could stay an extra day in order for me to be seen by a variety of specialists at CTCA to see if they could help me with some of the long term side effects I've got from all the chemo. So, we took an extra day, and I was seen by a doctor, a physical therapist, a nutritionist, and a naturalpathic doctor. CTCA has a holist approach to treatment and thus has all these specialists on staff. Without boring you with the details, the doctor provided instant help for some of my back pain and the others had some recommendations we're going to follow up on. Gifts keep falling down upon us for no reason we can think of and we continue to be full of gratitude.
All in all it was a very interesting and helpful trip. Once we got home, I got terribly sick, but am recovering quickly. Fortunately Dr. Rifkin did not hospitalize me despite the very high temp. I'm sure it's just too much travel over the last 2 weeks.
I'll check in after my next trip to Houston, sometime in February.
Sunday, January 09, 2011
I received 10 million of Mike's T cells on Friday, which were then boosted with a vaccine made from a protein (not my protein) and a white cell booster (GM-CSF--granulyte macrophage colony stimulating factor.) GM-CSF functions as a white blood cell growth factor. GM-CSF stimulates stem cells to produce granulocytes (neutrophils, eosinophils, and basophils) and monocytes. Monocytes mature into macrophages and are part of the immune/inflammatory cascade, by which activation of a small number of macrophages can rapidly lead to an increase in their numbers, a process crucial for fighting infection. (A T-cell is a type of infection-fighting white cell in the blood. Its normal role is to kill virus infected cells and some cancer cells. )
However the body doesn’t have enough T-cells to combat large cancerous tumours, and cancer cells often develop protective mechanisms to avoid them being recognized by the body as a disease. That's why they boosted these T cells with a vaccine and GM-CSF. I will not receive more of Mike's T cells for the time being, but I will receive the vaccine and GM-CSF shots at 4 and 8 week intervals.
This protocol is part of the clinical trial I am enrolled in. Because I'm the first one in the trial, the Gateway Foundation, which is funding the trial, is flying me to Chicago this coming week to talk to their Board of Directors about my disease and my participation in the trial. That should be interesting.
This clinical trial is a Big Deal at MDAnderson. Mike came into Houston on Wednesday for preliminary blood work before they harvested his cells on Friday. I was there starting Tuesday for the whole battery of tests. On Thursday they harvested cells from me purely to do further research on. Then on Friday, after Mike's cells were collected I returned to the clinic in the evening and received his cells, the vaccine and the GM-CSF. During that process we met the researcher who made the vaccine. A young guy who was quite excited to be a part of this project. Dr. Larry Kwak is the principal investigator in charge of this trial. Dr. Kwak has spent 20 years working on developing cancer vaccines. He is world renowned and everyone at MDA speaks of him with great respect.
Of course, Mike became quite well known in the apheresis (the drawing and separating of blood components) unit. Not sure why. Was it because he constantly referred to himself as "number one guinea pig?" Was it his mooing out loud after he was given a bovine substance with one of his meds? Was it a nurse running from him so he couldn't get a picture of them together? He is quite a character. But selfish he's not. He's made numerous trips to Houston over the past year to have his stem cells collected, to have blood work, to have various tests, to get shots, to have his T cells collected, and he's had to give himself shots at home. Similarly Susan's brother has been a godsend: opening his house to us for 4 months, driving us all over town and to and from the airport, keeping his refrigerator and cupboards full of food, having dinners waiting for us after long days at the hospital, bringing me my daily almond croissant at the hospital, getting us movies to watch at home and just taking care of us through some tough times. Yeh, we're pretty fond of our brothers.
So I guess we'll just let Mike's super charged T cells get to work in my blood. Will report back once we have info on the progress.