Well, I had a CAT scan on the 19th, and the doctor says he can't find any cancer! There are a couple of blobs on the scan, but he thinks they're scar tissue from the biopsy. I'm struggling with the pneumonia (which shows up on the scan like a mutant spider web)which means I cough everytime I move or talk.
Dr. V sent me to Barnes Hospital to talk to the people there about a bone marrow/stem cell transplant. The verdict is, not now. Dr. W at Barnes was very nice, but very matter-of-fact. This cancer is not curable. It will return, and the only thing chemo/Rituxin/stem cell transplants will do is prolong the return. He did say that a transplant from a donor would cure it...if I survive the transplant, which there's a 25% chance mortality during the procedure. Yikes. And the best chance is to get stem cells from a sibling. Well, I have the sister that was in prison last time I heard, and the brother who knows where that is bipolar. Lovely chances. Adoptees really suck in the family health department.
I really am grateful for the quick healing, and thank you all for praying for me. I just think of the chemo...and think of going through this over and over again.... It's a little on the daunting side. No. It's a LOT on the daunting side.