Today I had a repeat bone marrow biopsy to determine whether or not the treatment put me into remission .
Well here it is folks . . .
I am in remission!!!
The preliminary results from the biopsy came back showing that I am in remission. While this is such wonderful news, there is still a long way to go.
Now we have to wait for the Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) test to come back. This test looks much more closely at the marrow to see if there is any evidence of the leukemia still hiding in there. This is an important test because it determines the course of treatment next. If it comes back as MRD positive, meaning there is still a detectable amount of leukemia in the marrow, then we start looking at stem cell transplants. This is what happened with Luke. What we are hoping for this time around is the MRD results to come back negative, meaning that there is no detectable disease in the marrow. It will mean a long process of chemo and maintenance therapy would be next.
No matter what happens with the results I know we will get through whatever comes next.
On a not so fun note, one of the chemo medications caused me to develop pancreatitis. Basically my pancreas is angry and inflamed and it has caused a lot of bloating and discomfort the past few days. So to calm it down they are giving me lots of IV fluids so I stay hydrated, and unfortunately I have to fast. This will help my digestive system and pancreas to rest and recover. Hopefully it resolves quickly because I want to eat and I want to be able to go home soon!!!!
That is all I have for now, but I wanted to keep everyone updated on the positive news: REMISSION!