Category Archive: Remission

Mar 28

A Bit Of A Medi-Lapse

3-28-15 – This past month or so since my last update had a few notable things happen. The first is that my daily chemotherapy drug, Imbruvica, stopped being delivered.  To recall the situation, the drug costs about $11,000.00 per month, which is kind of expensive.  Since I don’t have anywhere near that kind of money, Johnson & …

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Feb 19

Clear PET, Crippling Meds

BuckSmoke3Years

2-19-15 – I had my PET scan as scheduled, and saw my oncologist yesterday about it.  She said it was all clear, went over the day’s LABS, gave me the regular exam, and said she’d see me in another 4 months, on Thursday, June 18th.  So, still in remission here. Today, I saw my regular …

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Jun 14

Another Happy Father’s Day

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6-14-2014 – Father’s Day is tomorrow, and I’m happy to be around for it! Recent medical stuff for me included a PET scan about a week ago, and then a followup with the oncologist a week later to review the results of it and LAB work on my blood.  The short story is that everything …

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May 21

Bottoms Up!

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5-21-2014 – Yeah, I know it’s been a while since my last update (about 3.5 months), but there really hasn’t been anything new to add.  I take my Imbruvica every day, and keep living life, so it’s been all good. I do seem to have a few little side effects from the Imbruvica, which I’d …

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Feb 04

Introducing: Imbruvica

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2-4-2014 – Well, it’s been just about a month since my last update, so here I am again. For the past several months, my mom and I have made a trip to Detroit to visit the Karmanos Cancer Center to participate in a Clinical Trial Drug Study of a new drug called Ibrutinib.  Recently, that …

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Jan 08

Slipping Out Of Detroit

SnowStemCells

1-8-2014 – Hello again, and a Happy New Year to you all!  My last year was great, and I expect the new one will be too! Mom and I took another drive down to Karmanos Cancer Center in Detroit a couple of days ago, on Monday, for my regularly scheduled appointment.  The roads were clear …

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Aug 02

Immunization Schedule Cancelled

8-2-2013 – Got the result of my queries with the staffs at my oncologist’s office and the folks down at Karmanos heading up the clinical trial I’m in on the question of whether or not to continue with my immunization schedule. As you can probably tell from the Headline of this post, it’s cancelled for …

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Jul 23

A New Drug

Photo of Ibrutinib drug

7-23-2013 Quite a lot’s happened since my last update which, in a way, is why I haven’t had an update recently. First of all, I learned WordPress at Lynda.com, where I do most of my online learning these days (actually, for the past several years), and decided to move all my old journal entries and …

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Jun 06

6 Month Stem Cell Transplant Checkup

Photo of Big Boy Restaurant by Buck Cash

6-6-2013 – It’s now been 6 months since my stem cell transplant, so it was time to visit Karmanos in Detroit again for a checkup. Mom and I took a ride down on Tuesday morning and got to the Detroit area about noonish. We picked up my sister Trudy and went to lunch at Checkers …

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May 21

Colonoscopy Day

Polyp 0116, originally uploaded by Buck Cash. Okay, so today I had my first ever colonoscopy. Seeing as how I’m 54 years old, it’s a common thing for guys my age anyway, but mine was triggered by something spotted on my recent PET scan, which was a follow-up to my Stem Cell Transplant for my …

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