Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Resourceful Wednesday. And an update.

Hey gang! Just popping in to quickly tell you about an awesome resource through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Perhaps you're aware of the financial assistance available to patients through the LLS's financial aid program. Patients with a confirmed blood cancer diagnosis can print, fill out and mail in this application to receive $150. Funds are limited but you can reapply each year. Many thanks to all the volunteers and supporters of the Light the Night Walk, which helps raise the money to make this possible for all of us.

I also want to update you all on Phil's latest lab work. His M-spike is holding steady at .2 and it hasn't budged since his 60-day post-transplant labs. He's continuing on his consolidation therapy (that means two weekly infusions at UMCCC and a boatload of pills at home) for another cycle and we're tossing around the possibility of adding two more cycles after this just to see if that will help. We're weighing possible risks versus possible benefits and plan to dive a little deeper into what all of this means at our next visit with our extraordinary medical team. I'm hoping they'll just pull out a magic myeloma wand and make it all go away.

Just to end on a positive note, here's Ruby sitting up finally.

Ruby says Happy Hanukkah to those of you celebrating!


Linda said...

We were pleasantly surprised to apply for and receive the $150 from LLS and it definately helped us with co-pays and parking fees while at Duke. Thank you for sharing this resource, and we continue to lift Phil up so that number goes to 0!! (Ruby is such a cutie!)

Karen said...

.2 is awesome!! I'd take it!!