3 years ago today I was diagnosed with CANCER

3 years ago: 12-30-2009 
Around 11-11:30am

Jim and I were at Kaiser Hematology/Oncology
Receiving earth-stopping news:

That my 1st bone marrow biopsy on 12-18-2009
Revealed I had high-risk (of course!) Myeloma (who?) blood (what!) cancer (what the?#%$#@+*!!)

Today –> 12-30-2012 I am in Remission :)

I’ve survived countless rounds of oral pill form Revlimid chemo paired with powerful steroids, several rounds of several types of high dose IV chemo, an Autologous Stem Cell Transplant, an entire month of hospitalization in isolation, losing my hair, months of recovery, and almost 2 years of follow up maintenance Revlimid chemo… not to mention what I have been through psychologically… and here I am…  a full 3 years later… grateful to be writing this blog and reporting that I am still winning and dominating Myeloma!

For a quickie re-cap of my cancer story, please see my blog entries from December 2010 and December 2011 (and of course all the entries in between if you really want all the details :)

My recent 12-14-12 blood test results indicated many close to “normal” results.
Although Myeloma still renders me “immune compromised”, I’m feeling pretty good overall. Tried still, some neuropathy still, never really “normal”, but very grateful for my “new normal”!

I have been off maintenance Revlimid chemo since June 2012 and time will tell how long my body can fight off the cancer cells that are destined to return… at sometime… since as of 2012 there is no medical cure for Multiple Myeloma… 

                   A Big Thank You to everyone for 3 years of support 
                               and encouragement since 12-30-2009  

Thanksgiving birthday 2012

I am so blessed and lucky to be alive
and surrounded by love, life and fun  

Cheers to 2013 

and Happy New Year to all my
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