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2/5/16 – I was back in Hackensack today to check my platelets (and other blood counts), get an NPlate shot and then have a PET Scan. The day started with the me receiving news that my platelets were... Read Full Post
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2/2/16 – I was back in the cancer center on Friday, January 29 and Monday, February. On Friday my platelets were at 39. Although they did go down it was a positive sign that they didn’t drop to... Read Full Post
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1/28/16 – I continue to be at the John Theurer Cancer Center to treat my ITP and low platelets. My day can include me getting platelets (HLI or cross matched), IVIG, Rituxan, NPlate, etc… Yesterday... Read Full Post
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1/22/16 – After a week of my trying to get my platelets to rise we started today with a count of 8. Following 2 bags of platelets the count hit 19. In addition, I received an IV of Amicar and a shot... Read Full Post
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1/19/16 – Last week we continued to treat my ITP and it seemed like we were making good progress. After a platelet infusion and a couple of IVIG’s had my platelet count was at 26. At today’s checkup... Read Full Post
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1/8/16 – We were planning to start treatment with PD-1 (Opdivo) next week but I run into another obstacle. I started to bleed from my nose and mouth. I have also developed a bad rash on my legs… and... Read Full Post
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12/28/15 –Bristol-Myers Squibb contacted me today to notify me that I have been approved to receive a year supply of the PD-1 drug known as Opdivo. This, of course, is awesome news. So what is OPDIVO... Read Full Post
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12/17/15 – I had my follow up appointment at the Cancer Center today and, believe it or not, I am showing some signs of a GVHD rash. My forehead, cheeks and neck are the most impacted areas. I will... Read Full Post
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11/25/15 – Last year on Thanksgiving Day I celebrated my 1 year anniversary of my stem cell transplant. As I approach my 2nd anniversary (or what many consider my 2nd birthday) it is very clear that... Read Full Post
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11/12/15 – After a few delays, I finally had my DLI today. The plan is to wait 4 weeks to have a follow up appointment being it typically takes 4-5 weeks to see any impacts of the DLI. My next... Read Full Post

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