Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bone Marrow Biopsy Results....Are You Ready?

So last Wednesday was my second bone marrow biopsy. The first one, to confirm my diagnosis in July of 2008, was 70%. Seven of every ten cells were cancerous.

At one point I was really sweating this second bone marrow biopsy because of it's impact on having the stem cell transplant. Not everyone is qualified for STC. Every doctor has a "threshold" that you must meet. I had heard of one doctor whose threshold was 5%. I was beside myself! What were the odds of dropping from 70% to 5% or less? If I had endured these six cycles of Revlimid/Velcade/Dex only to be told that I was not qualified for STC, I would have lost my mind!!!

When I voiced these fears to Denise, the transplant coordinator, she told me that Dr. Miller's threshold was 20%. Also, failing to meet it didn't rule you out, it just delayed it until you did two or more additional chemo cycles.

Well, 20% or less seemed much more doable. And failure just meant more chemo - which would blow, but I could do it. As much as I whine and moan, I actually do know they are saving my life.

Today, Kate gave me my results (a week earlier than the 2008 results were revealed)....

Less than 1%.

It is the best possible position from which to have a stem cell transplant.

They are very excited.

20 comments:

Guard Wife said...

OMG! That is freaking fantastic news! I am so very very excited for you and happy that this is where you find yourself before embarking on this next step. I absolutely LOVE the idea of being in the best possible position for something good. Thank you for sharing this news!

Yer Marine said...

Prayers answered.

But it still doesn't get you out of watching Stalingrad.

Tom Goering said...

Outfreakinstanding!

tankerbabe said...

Answered prayers my friend.

Couldn't possibly be happier for you!

Stella said...

I am, uncharacteristically, wordless... because I'm too busy jumping up and down to let you know how happy I am to hear your news.

How about that? Prayers do get answered. So, more prayers on the way.

Abu Banat said...

"They" are excited? WTF? EVERYONE Is excited (and I bet you are, too!)

Boquisucio said...

What a way to finish the year. You really taught 2010 who's boss!

CDR Dave Werner said...

Great, great news. You're an inspiration. :) Dave Werner (aka @NavyNews)

Mrs. Diva said...

*Happy Dance* Prayers answered but still ongoing, just because I know you and every little bit helps ;) If you need ANYTHING, you know where to find me.

*HUGS*

ponsdorf said...

Wonderful news indeed!

Spockgirl said...

I don't get excited about much of anything... and I don't even know you personally, but I can't stop saying "WOW". Just "WOW". From 70% to 1%, far within the threshold. Fab news.

Jamie said...

That is such wonderful news!

wolfwalker said...

"Less than 1%."

HOORAY!!!

SCOTTtheBADGER said...

HUZZAH!

Stella said...

I second Abu's comment.... since I didn't say it first...

HISTORYGUY99 said...

God Bless you Maggie.

Your courage and good nature are are a symbol to your character.

prestonious said...

Thank you for the wonderous news. Fantastic.

Surfcaster said...

Wicked. Pissah!

You just brought a smile to my face kiddo!

Happy New Year!

ainy said...

My dad just got the same result as you ... 70% from his biopsy, can only hope he goes the same way as you .....

BostonMaggie said...

You have every reason to hope for good result. Anytime you gave a question, drop me a line. I'm here for you kiddo.