Hello from Durham! So we have had QUITE a busy day today. We met with lots of great people at Duke that made us feel like I was an important patient. The individual attention was very impressive from such a renowned hospital.
So our plans for the next portion of my treatment have changed a lot. We have decided to stay here at Duke for treatment. Dr. Densmore and the staff at UVA are excellent but we feel like we can get prepared for the bone marrow transplant better here. Also Michael will be working for a chemistry professor at UNC while away from Purdue and this will give him the opportunity to get more work done. I feel really comfortable here and so far am happy with our decision even though it takes us a little further away from friends and family (but remember at least I'm not at IU in Indy).
The first round of chemo I had didn't quite do the trick. There are still some leukemia cells and so I will be taking a second round of stronger chemo starting either the end of this week or beginning of the next. I handled the first round well and I'm ready to face more - I pray that it won't be too bad. We also found out that this process of chemo/bone marrow transplant/recovery will take about a year so we'll be in the great state of North Carolina for a while.
I feel like I am in great hands here at Duke. My main doctor will be Dr. Rizzieri and I was very impressed and comfortable with him today. I had to have another bone marrow biopsy which he made me feel very comfortable through (although don't get me wrong it still hurt). The reason for the biopsy was to confirm that there are still leukemia cells in the bone marrow. The blood work suggests that this is the case but they still want to confirm it.
As always THANK YOU for EVERYTHING!!! Keep praying and I know I will beat it!