I have my labs back, which looks directly at the cancer. We do this one every three months. My last one, done 3 months after my stem cell transplant, was confusing and mixed (too complicated to explain here). This one, which just came back today, was clear and shows only a “faint” trace of the cancer. This is very good news. If the stem cell had been perfect, there would be nothing. But a faint trace proves that the stem cell transplant did put me into a good partial remission. My doctor first reported in October (based on the confusing tests results) that the stem cell transplant had done nothing for me, which was quite depressing. This should mean that the cancer will be easy to control, until it decides to surge. . . which could be months, years, or decades. Thanks for your prayers about this.
Despite the above, I’ve been feeling much worse lately (constant diarrhea) and last night and today were especially bad. This must be a side effect from the chemo, which has been gradually getting worse over the past two months. The fact that the cancer is in check should give us the opportunity to find a different chemo that could have less side effects, at least that’s what I hope.