Tuesday, September 8, 2009

COMPLETE REMISSION

Just back from GD's office.

SPEP analysis of blood: "No evidence of monoclonal protein."

Immunofixation: "No monoclonal protein."

Light-chain analysis of urine: "All protein is albumin with no globulin."

That, my friends, is complete remission.

I am waiting to hear these words from BB's mouth after he sees all this plus the PET and MRI before I throw a huge party, but that's not going to stop me from having one hell of a great bottle of wine this evening.

The road is far from over but the worst is behind me, I believe -- how nice it is to say that, as opposed to "well, let's just see how long this lasts" which is the best I would have if I'd gone for treatment other than Total Therapy.

THANK YOU, all of you, for your love, kindness, support, encouragement, prayers, positive thoughts, and help. You have all been so important to my getting this far.

I will report back from Arkansas in about eight days. Until then, my friends, be well!!!

24 comments:

  1. Congratulations! I don't comment on your blog but read it often. I obsessively checked for an update today, and am very very happy for you and your family. You are a good advocate of taking control of your health care and, in tandem, educating yourself about what the options are. Quite inspiring.

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  2. WOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!! That's terrific news.
    Your fellow insomniac was up all last night
    (hormones stink!)
    and at some point in my overactive, sleep-deprived thoughts, remembered that today was the day you got your results. Welcome to the zero m-spike club. It was certainly a hard-won battle for you no doubt but so glad to hear it
    worked. Tim and I will celebrate on your behalf. Congrats Nick!

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  3. OH MY GOD! Matt just told me. Had to come read for myself. I might embarrass him a little but he and I both cried for joy for you. OK... so I'll try not to cry like a baby when I see you but if I do, just accept it as me being an emotional female. =) YAH!!! This totally made our night to hear the news.

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  4. Awesome, Nick!!! It seems like forever since your battle started. A HUGE CONGRATS! Today is a great day for all of us. Like I've said before, you are one tough dude. You're made of metal, your circuits gleam!

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  5. That's great news Nick! You have endured a lot to reach this point. Continued Best Wishes going forward...

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  6. Woo hoo! I've been checking the blog all day, waiting for this post. Deb and I are thrilled for you and your family - congratulations!

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  7. I know how much you've been looking forward to this day. Congratulations and continued best wishes for good health!

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  8. You Rock, Nick! As you know, with MM we celebrate the good news- big and little. But this is SPECTACULAR! I'll still be in LR when you arrive, hope to cross paths with you. Hang tough. You are an inspiration.

    Sean

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  9. What can I say, a few tears of joy, keep thrashin my brotha.

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  10. When I drove past the University of Arkansas last week on my journey west, I thought about all the people there working to help individuals like you realize this day... and I prayed when I got home I would hear some good news... YIPPEE!! It is so wonderful for you, your wife and your family...

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  11. CONGRATULATIONS, Nick! You are such an inspiration to us! Big hugs and kisses coming your way from STL! Much love to you, Jill, Parker and Carson...can't wait to see you all soon. Julie & Mike

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  12. That my friends, is what I call COMPLETE DOMINATION (CD)!!!

    Keep the domination alive!

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  13. Oh man, that is great news... I'm very happy to hear.

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  14. Wow that is fantastic! I can't wait to tell my family tonight!

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  15. Nick, Jill and family,
    WOW. This is fantastic news! Congratulations. You knew it, I knew it, we all knew it would happen. Susan and I are elated for you.
    Dan

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  16. Nick & Jill,

    Great news. This is exactly what you have been waiting for and we are elated. Hope to see you next week.

    Bruce & Jan

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  17. What wonderful news! I'm so happy for you & Jill. I hope your CR lasts for years and years and years.

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  18. Wonderful wonderful wonderful!!!

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  19. You + Jill = Rockstars.

    Congratulations, friends!

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