We have some good news! I was accepted into the clinical trial. This is for a new drug that attacks a protein that is commonly connected to leukemia cells. From reading the information on the study it doesn't sound like it will completely wipe out my leukemia but it may reduce the percentage of leukemia of cells in my bone marrow so that another treatment may wipe them out or I can get a boost of donor cells. (I have not been told this, this is just my assumption from reading the info we were given). This drug has been found to work well with solid tumors so we are hopeful that it will work on a liquid tumor like I have. This is phase 1 study which means they are trying to find the best dose. Luckily I am in the second part of phase 1 and get the larger dose. I will get the drug once a week for 4 weeks and if I respond well to it with minimal side effects I can continue it in 4 week cycles.
I had a clinic visit today and received some platelets and do not have to go back until Thursday so I have another two days off! Physically, I'm feeling very well. The pain from the shingles has really gone away. I was on oxycontin for a few weeks for pain and I forgot to take it one day and had no pain so I stopped taking it and now I feel much "clearer". A lot of the last few weeks including Christmas is a "blur" to me. Mentally, I'm positive and happy but having a hard time with the big picture of things, so please pray for me in that respect.
This weekend we switched a lot of furniture to our furniture from our house in Indiana and brought down a lot of our stuff. The apartment is a complete mess because we're still unpacking boxes but it already feels so much more like home. Our house in Indiana will go on the market in mid-January and we hope it sells quickly (yet another thing to pray for).
Hope all is well with everyone and the new year (I can't believe it's 2010) is starting out well, love and thanks to all,