6-21-10

Every day in the mail there are cards – just great support.  Especially for the journey we’re going through next.

Status: 9.5/10. Several folks have commented that my color looks better, and that I look pretty good.  That was confirmed today at Hopkins with my hematocrit being 35!  That’s the low end of normal.  The official report on my bone marrow says, “The findings do not suggest the presence of leukemia.”   That means a designation of “complete remission.”  The two most important things you want going for you as you enter a bone marrow transplant are a remission and a perfect sibling match, and my brother Terry’s is a perfect 10/10.

Events:  Received the schedule leading up to my re-entry into the hospital.  I’ll be at Hopkins a good deal between now and admission for tests, with transplant hospitalization now planned for July 7.

Comments: Lots to do over the next 2 weeks or so.  Terry comes up here for a medical evaluation, and then back again for the transplant.  Spoke to two friends who have had AML and bone marrow transplants, invaluable perspective as only they can give on what it’s like.  They are both doing well, and they are a great help beginning all this with optimism.  Believe that the right neuro-chemicals floating around are so much better than the wrong ones.  Started on an anti-depressant, which I will continue during the hospital stay to take a little edge off the stress.  Back at Hopkins on Wed, Thurs, and Fri for pre-admission tests, and we’ll keep you up to date.

Love to you,

-Bruce

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15 Responses to “”

  1. wendy Says:

    “It’s a go Houston.” Couldn’t have programmed this any better yourself. Guess the man/woman upstairs has a “plan” for you post transplant, some things here that need to be taken care of by the Bruce. Glad you have had the wisdom and openness to talk to many who can give you the perspective you’ll need to see your way to the goal. Ya know- it takes a lot of work to get the things you really want in/ out of life.. but in the end it’s all always worth it… SO it’ll take a bit of work – but you now have a lot of tools to get you there.. many trainers if you will and LOTS of great support.

    “You done good”…. keep it up!! love wendy

  2. Sheryl Stolberg Says:

    bruce.
    this is great news. praying for you and lisa every day.
    sheryl

  3. Frank Says:

    Bruce — you rock. I was briefly reminded of ll cool j’s “mama said knock you out” about his comeback tour. Rise up. We are with you all the way. Sending much love to you, and to Lisa and the kids. L/f

  4. Johnny & Lake Says:

    Absolutely stunning. Great news — sending you positive energy and love. xxx

  5. Meredith Says:

    What awesome news!!! I’m sending much love and blessings for your continued improvement!

  6. courtney Says:

    “The findings do not suggest the presence of leukemia.” <–that's WONDERFUL news! =) i'll continue sending happy thoughts to you, lisa, and the family.

  7. Catherine Says:

    Bruce,

    This is all such good news that it does not seem right that you have to go through more treatment! Thanks to your clear explanations I understand the need and am happy for the perfect match you have. I am only sorry it took this for me to learn more about your life and family. Lots of love, Catherine

  8. Ed Baker Says:

    Everything sounding good. Crossing our fingers for you Bruce!

    Always thinking of you and wishing good health to you.

  9. Margot Mahoney Says:

    Could there BE any better news!?? Fantastic! We’ll be thinking of you July 7 – a miracle day!! ( and David’s and my 20th Anniversary – we’ll have 2 great events to celebrate that evening!) so so so glad to hear this!

  10. Marie-Claude Stockl Says:

    Dear Bruce, thinking about you a lot. You are amazing. Lots of love,
    Marie-Claude

  11. Tom Linden Says:

    Bruce, everything sounds like it’s on a positive trajectory. Here’s wishing you the best for your bone marrow transplant and your continued recovery.

  12. Judy and Ken Freedman Says:

    Although (as you know) math and equations are not my strengths, I do know that complete remission + perfect sibling match + OPTIMISM = WONDERFUL NEWS! We send you our love and very best wishes for your complete recovery as you begin your next step.

    Love,
    Judy and Ken

  13. joel steinberg Says:

    May The Force be with you! And all other good things besides. Joel and Margaret S.

  14. Judi Golding-Baker Says:

    What wonderful news!!! Sending you much love and strength — all systems “go” for the journey ahead to full recovery.

    Love you
    Judi

  15. Jill Stewart Says:

    Love to you,

    -Bruce

    and you, too. Always on my mind and in my prayers. Love, Jill

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