My Stanford doctor, Robert Lowsky, MD, met with my Mom, Andy and I and relayed that my biopsy showed “NO trace of leukemia!” I don’t have words to describe how relieved I am. My blood counts have all been trending well since my bone marrow transplant in March, but I’m always nervous before I get the results from a biopsy. I now will get quarterly biopsies, meet with my Stanford doctor once a month, and start appointments again with my Kaiser oncologist next week.
As a double bonus to the amazing clear biopsy news, my Mom, Andy and I drove from Stanford back to Fairfax right after the doctor appointment. After being away from home for 3½ months it was wonderful to drive down my street and walk into my house again. My friend and Reiki teacher, Christopher, who has been staying at my house, made signs that read “Welcome Home Deb,” and we all stayed up celebrating the fantastic news until midnight.
Triple bonus … my doctor said I was close enough to Day +100 and I was doing so well that I could begin a new phase in my recovery which includes not only living at home, but being able to go outside without my mask too! This is thrilling and I took full advantage of it yesterday as I enjoyed the shade in my backyard, and attended a music jam event in the Fairfax Park at dusk. I am also allowed to go to yoga classes without my mask, as long as it’s not too crowded and I clean my mat well before each practice. I do still have to wear the mask when I go to any hospital or crowded location. I’ll also be back at sweat your prayers, the Sunday Open Floor dance in Sausalito, but I need to wear my mask, gloves and shoes. My doctor won’t let me go to Ecstatic Dance in Oakland yet – unfortunately 300 people, even with a mask, is just too much risk of infection at this time.
Thank you for all the love and prayers! Each month I go without leukemia brings me closer toward being cured forever which is what I am envisioning and expecting. Onward in my healing toward the cure!