Since my last update, I have continued to enjoy improvements in how I feel. The daily radiation treatments are easier, the pain is much less, and I rarely sleep at the table anymore. I have reduced my medication enough to enjoy again the independence of driving after 6 weeks of passenger only status. I’ve been working two hour days at my job and hope to stretch that out soon to 3 or 4 hours. I have regained some appetite and I believe I have bottomed out on the weight loss at 30 lbs. I’m not sure where the pounds went, but when I tried on my previously snug fitting suit for Meagan’s wedding, I hooked the belt line button, pulled the zipper up and when I let go, the pants went straight to the floor.
Wednesday we got the results of my bone marrow biopsy. It was a kind of, “Good News / Bad News” report. It has been my misunderstanding that I might have Plasma Cytoma, “OR” Multiple Myeloma. I now understand that both are the same Cancer. Both are points on a spectrum of one Myeloma Cancer. My doctor explained that I currently have a Plasma Cytoma, but my bone marrow revealed that I have enough abnormal cells that I will likely develop Multiple Myeloma in the relatively near future. At that time, I will have Chemo therapy and hopefully stop the growth of the cancer. They don’t do a preemptive strike on the Cancer; you have to wait until it develops.
I am constantly amazed and comforted by the kindness of others. I thank God for my wife and for everyone caring for me, driving me, praying with and for me. I hope you will continue to pray now and then for my recovery, for Diane’s strength and stamina, and for both of us to remember that God is in control. I guess that adds up again to praying for God’s Peace. That’s what I pray for each of you.