I’m heading to Houston today for a visit at MD Anderson tomorrow. Normally, this wouldn’t bother me much, as it’s been pretty routine, but this will be the first time that we’ll be able to truly see if Sprycel is working for me. I wrote a blog post back in November that might provide a little more detail about how closely we’re going to have to monitor my progress on this new medication. I’ve been on it since November, but there were parts of the beginning of this year where I wasn’t able to afford my medication, causing momentary breaks in my treatment. My last visit to MD Anderson was particularly uneventful because I didn’t have any extra tests taken. I hadn’t been on medicine in the prior two weeks. We spent a majority of that time talking to people about financial support.
I hope that all of the test results show that this medicine is making progress on the cellular level, where the Leukemia cells hang out and produces faux white blood cells. I’m definitely not looking forward to having bone marrow taken out of me, but I suppose that’s a small price to pay for the hope of certainty. I’ll keep everyone updated as to how it goes. I anticipate it going well. I’m crowding out any doubt or negativity with optimism and hope. 🙂