You may be asking (as my mom did), "Why is there a picture of the Iwo Jima Memorial of the flag raising on Mount Suribachi on your blog?" Excellent question! When I leave Georgetown, I go home over the Francis Key Bridge, through the city of Arlington, and down the George Washington Parkway to get home. Everytime I take the onramp to get on the GWP, I pass this statue. I've probably passed it 30 times or more over the last year and a half, and I've never stopped to see the memorial. Wednesday was a beautiful day, I was out of my appointment before eleven, my lunch "date" with my friend Elena had been overcome by events, and I found myself with time on my hands. So I stopped. It is a beautiful memorial with several informative plaques around. I learned that of the six men depicted (five Marines and one Navy corpsman), three subsequently died on Iwo Jima. Anyway, it was a neat place I've been meaning to visit, and now I have. It seemed like an appropriate pre-Independence Day picture
On the the biopsy read:
This is where we are. I am not yet in remission, but we've beaten the living crap out of the CLL. The marrow biospy yielded no visible structures associated with the CLL, and the flow cytometry--which measures things at the microscopic cellular/chromosomal level--show a less than 1% involvement of the CLL still in the marrow. Consider that when this all started, my marrow was over 50% involved. Consider also that for some patients, merely stopping the advancement of the disease is considered a win. This is pretty good news, and we're not sure that the Revlimid has finished doing it's thing. I still have enlarged lymph nodes, but these are significantly down from where we started. I'm hoping for a comment from Nurse Louise to put this in some perspective for me.
Bottom line: we are now in "observation" mode. My next appointment is in three months.
Anyway, I'll soon be hitting you all up to sponsor me in Dr. Cheson's 50-mile Lymphoma Research Bike Ride this October. Help me stay on this guy's good side.
Have a happy 4th.