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|Thursday, 14 June 2012 15:25|
I’m sorry to let you all know that I am not able to attend the upcoming June board meeting or write my usual monthly article due to my recent cancer treatments. Nothing is easy as they say and cancer for sure isn’t at all.
The truth is that over the last three or four months I have been fortunate to get some successful chemotherapy, and extensive treatment pre-qualification tests. Most recently we were able to harvest of my own AD 34 autologous stem cells that hopefully won’t cause any rejection problems as part of my cancer treatment.
During my most recently stay at the hospital, I was attached for five hours to a blood machine and we fortunately produced twice the amount of stem cells they needed – that was good news of course. This is all needed for my stem cell transplant scheduled to start on June 8.
I will be hospitalized at the City of Hope, in Duarte Ca. until they release me sometime toward the end of June, approximately a three-week stay.
The cancer that I have is called Multiple Myeloma Stem Cell Cancer, which actually destroys bone morrow. During the first three days of hospitalization I’m scheduled to receive high dose chemotherapy to destroy all my body’s blood stem cells including the cancer cells. Then on the fourth day, I will be infused with my harvested good stem cells which will generate into all new red, white, and platelet blood cells that hopefully will stop my cancer and give me a chance to be cancer free. It will take my body several months to regenerate a whole new immune system.
For over 30 years, autologous blood transplantation, allogeneic blood transplantation, bone marrow, and more recently, umbilical cord blood stem cells have been used to treat patients like me and others with conditions such as leukemia, lymphoma and other non-blood cancers successfully.
Lord willing, I will receive many more years of life after this stem cell transplant (it has been14 years since my first cancer and stem cell transplant) so I am looking forward to being around many more years.
I plan on taking my cell phone 619-743-3304 and my lap top into the hospital with me.