I've been in a trial for Abt199 and Rituxin , did I spell that right, since last June or so , with no side effects that i can tell , life is normal.
The good news is that it appears I'm in full remission , I will hear more about it from Dr Ma tomorrow at Northwestern in Chicago.
Previous history is that I did some sort of chemo routine 5 years ago , went into remission. Things started to go the wrong way about a year ago, I signed up for the ABT trial, here I am looking pretty good.
I'm sorry that I can't get more technical for those that understand the lingo, email me questions and I'll get answers tomorrow .
The whole CLL thing has never slowed me down much , when I read about the various symptoms and effects re my companions here on this journey I feel lucky to have gotten off so easy , it's like I got the million dollar wound, get to go home and not face , hopefully , battle again .
The take away from all of this is that from the very beginning , my Dr at the time at Northwestern , Dr Rosen, was very optimistic about the various options available then and in the future. The future arrived in the form of ABT199 right when I needed it.
The pipeline of treatments appears to be getting larger all the time , when I read about YOUR experiences here, those just diagnosed and those that are veterans , i pray and hope that there are options that fit your situations and provide for you the same results I am experiencing .
The future ? I plan to stay active and fit , make some improvement in my eating habits, less sugar , more veggies and fruits.
I will finish the western part of my cross the US bike ride picking it up at the south rim of the Grand Canyon and head for the WY/NE border near Pine Bluff WY.
The boat is behind schedule , I still plan on doing the Singlehanded Newport to Bermuda Race in June, then head to the P Canal so I can do the Solo TransPac in '16 with a little whale watching and Galapagos in between.
And if time allows and the opportunity presents itself, climb Denali in there somewhere too.
There you go, knock on wood, an ongoing success story , you can do it too.
Pic- summit at sunrise , Kilimanjaro a few weeks ago