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Another Perspective

Good News

Hello, good friends. It’s been a while, hasn’t it? Let me briefly update you on what’s been going on.

I am finishing with my trial study treatments and they’ve gone exceedingly well. The only side effect I’ve experienced has been weight gain. I’ve put on 28 of the original 40 pounds I lost and am hoping this is the end of the pounds going back on. In about six weeks, tax time, I’ll have a CT scan and another bone marrow biopsy to close my participation in the trial. These tests not only show how much the treatment affected the cancer, but they’ll also give an indication of how long a remission I might have.

I’m number 3 of the original 6. We’ve all done so well that the study has now been opened to at least 40 people. This won’t be providing a cure for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL) but a non-chemo, non-toxic approach to handling the disease that will bridge us from where we are now into the future when a cure just might be available. That’s the exciting news in the world of CLL research, a cure is not too far off, at least that’s how it looks now.

I’ve not written much here, as you know, because I’m feeling so much better there’s not much to say. In this case, lack of blogs = doing well.

A second reason for the infrequent blogs is all my time, 6-8 hours a day, has been going into editing/rewriting my manuscript. I’ve read 4 or 5 books since I completed the work that it would’ve been better to have read before I began writing, but that’s not how it worked. Consequently I go back to chapter one after I finish each book on writing fiction and incorporate the teacher’s advice. While this has slowed the process of being published considerably, I believe it has also upgraded the quality of the manuscript. These writing teachers know their stuff and I’m benefitting from it.

I need your help. I’d like you to hold me accountable for finishing this portion of my rewrite by Labor Day. I’m making so many changes this will be a challenge, but it’s a goal for me to achieve. I’ll be working with your expectations in mind because I don’t put enough pressure on myself already. Right. But, I do better if I’m accountable. Your job, if you choose to accept it, is to hold my feet to the fire. Thank you for your help.

Later this month I travel to St. Paul, Minn. to visit with my sister. George, her wonderful husband of 55 or so years, died in January. I met George when I was about 10 years old, he was the best man in my wedding to Barbara, and a wise older male presence for me most of my life. Rest in peace, George, you’re missed.

Travelling to St. Paul in March is not my idea of a vacation, but I’ll be reacquainted with snow and low temperatures. My sister, Susan, assures me February is the cold month while March is the snowy one. As long as the temperature stays 25+ degrees, I’ll be happy. This Southern California boy doesn’t like zero and below. Guess I won’t be doing any barbecuing while I’m there.

You can see how much better I am when I’m more concerned about the weather than my cancer. This is great news.

Till next time, thanks for reading and caring.
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