Remission Accomplished!!! … Again!!!!

10/13/15 – On December 12th 2008 I reported that I had achieved remission. On October 28th 2013 I again reported that I had achieved remission. Today, October 13th 2015, after meeting with Dr. Goy, I am again happy to report that I am in remission from my Mantle Cell Lymphoma.  All I can say to this is: REMISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!! …. AGAIN!!!!
Will this third time be a charm for me? I certainly hope so. One way to help ensure that I stay in remission would be to make sure my immune system is strong enough to fight off disease. At this point in time it is not believed that my immune system is strong enough. This is where Graft Versus Host Disease (GVHD) comes into play. GVHD is the evidence we are looking for to show that my immune system has the ability to ward off any and all outside illnesses, infections, diseases, etc... Unfortunately since my stem cell transplant, back on November of 2013, I have never developed any sign of GVHD. We again tried to force GVHD by having a DLI on August 3rdbut that too appears to have failed in getting any GVHD. Our current plan of attack is to attempt to bring on GVHD by having another DLI on October 26th. GVHD reveals itself in the form of a rash. As strange as it may sound we are praying for me to get a rash.
During my appointment with Dr. Goy today he mentioned that he will also be looking give PD-1 another try. It seems that it is starting to be used and be more accepted as a treatment for Mantle Cell Lymphoma. He feels more confident that he can get me in a trial/study as well as getting it approved through insurance. If this does happen I will be getting PD-1 treatments once every two weeks… more to come on this.
Up next for me… I have a follow-up/pre-DLI appointment with Dr. Rowley, my transplant doctor, on Thursday, October 22nd. The DLI will follow on October 26th.
So… it sure feels like everything is headed in a very positive direction for me. I truly feel that Jesus has wrapped his healing arms around me and he just won’t let go.Here is a YouTube link to great song by Matt Redman called “You Never Let Go”. Enjoy.
Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.He sent forth his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.Psalm 107:19-21

More to come…

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