Day +3649: Give me light, Give me life…

”Give me love
Give me love
Give me peace on earth
Give me light
Give me life
Keep me free from birth
Give me hope
Help me cope, with this heavy load…”

11/27/2020: My lab results are encouraging today, metabolics great as always and CBC values trending much as they did nearly 11 years ago after my first two cycles of Vidaza. Platelets and white blood count are back within normal range. Red blood count, hemoglobin, and hematocrit are down but not dramatically so. It appears the treatments may be starting to work! I was more afraid than I care to admit that they wouldn’t – there are no guarantees. This is the most hopeful news I’ve had in ages, and I feel positively giddy. Not a cure but currency to buy more time. Perspective is everything.

Fingers crossed. I’ll let you know my next results December 14.

xoxo,
Karen

p.s. As always, I ponder the science, and have come to the conclusion that differing rates of noticeable change, with red cells being the slowest, are not surprising if you consider their half-lives (the length of time they survive in the bloodstream): Platelets 5-12 days, white cells 13-20 days, and red cells ~120 days.

p.p.s. Today’s tag line is from a song already used on Day +100 but I couldn’t think of any more appropriate for this déjà vu journey.

7 Comments so far

  1. I’m so happy! Xoxo

  2. Laura on November 27th, 2020 at 8:26 pm
  3. That is wonderful news!

  4. Heather on November 27th, 2020 at 8:35 pm
  5. Great news! Just what we all need during this weekend of Thanksgiving! May the blessings continue Love you both! <3

    Cathy

  6. Cathy S Johnson on November 27th, 2020 at 9:05 pm
  7. Great news!

  8. Mary Lou on November 27th, 2020 at 9:30 pm
  9. George Harrison!
    Terrific news. Happy holidays!

  10. Dana on November 27th, 2020 at 11:31 pm
  11. Great news Karen! Hope progress continues.

  12. Lori Patrick on November 28th, 2020 at 8:41 am
  13. My dear cousin, little sister, so pleased with these results. I love you.

  14. Linda Pourchot on November 28th, 2020 at 11:31 am

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