October 31, 2012

Cancer Update!

In January, 2006 I discovered that I had lung cancer.  I posted it on my old site and Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit fame picked it  up and I received wishes for better health from hundreds of folk.

I couple of years later I received news that I had a "brain tumor" but not to worry, it was only a tiny pituitary adenoma and medication would correct it.  When I heard "brain tumor" of course, I thought the worse. 

Then last summer my oncologist did  a bone marrow biopsy and informed me that I had something called Myelodysplastic Syndrome.  A referral to the MD Anderson Cancer clinic in Houston confirmed the diagnosis and added "Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma." 

"Damn," I thought. "Will I ever be "well again."  Well, the answer is you bet I will.  Though my white cell count continued to climb over the next 18 months, I was undaunted.   In the first Part of October, my oncologist placed me on something called Azacitidine.  This medication is to help  the bone marrow produce and release more healthy blood cells and my marrow was releasing scads of immature white cells and insufficient as well as immature red cells.

Monday, October 29, 2012  the news was good.  My white cell count was back down to normal for the first time in well over a year, and my "healthy" red cell count was up significantly but still slightly lower than normal. 

So, I continue my fight against cancer and its consequences, but I damn sure intend to win, just as I really have over the last 6 3/4 years.  Thanks everyone, for your support and for your prayers, and especially thanks to my family who have stayed with me this whole fight, never once leaving my corner.

Posted by: GM Roper at 08:39 AM | Comments (4) | Add Comment
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1 Keep on fighting the good fight, GM.

Posted by: David at 20 (nA4Au)

2 rock on with it young man.....

Posted by: Kender Breitbart MacGowan at 20 (WnsS2)

3 Whip that cancer's butt, GMan - show it who's boss!!! {sending happy, dancing hugz}

Posted by: Kat at 20 (ZPrer)

4 Life is worth the fight -- and fighting for.

Prayers going up for you, GM.

Posted by: Always On Watch at 20 (EQai8)

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