Good news on two fronts today (CanswerWORTH)

Dee Dee and I have returned from the 4th-year anniversary visit to City of Hope with the test results from the CT, bone-density, and other routine tests reported by our chief oncologist and endocrinologist. The CT was negative (clean) and the bone-density actually showed some improvement, albeit I am still in the osteopenia range due to the chemo and other medications taken during the last seven years. But the most important news is: REMISSION from the lymphoma remains, now approaching 4 years since the relapse in 2009! Answered prayers indeed. August 23 is the 6-year anniversary of my SCT.

On another front: My brother Bob (63) in Jacksonville got the results of his genetic testing as a follow-up for his diagnosis with melanoma. The news is good because they found the presence of the B-RAF gene which means that he is a candidate for the latest and the most successful form of treatment for the disease. That treatment is due to begin soon as he and his wife, Claudia, make their way within the coming week to the Tampa Moffitt Cancer Center, a place in Florida that is much like our City of Hope, actually the closest comprehensive cancer center in proximity to their home. We hope and pray for his full recovery.  ~ Posted on my Facebook Timeline + Flipped to CANswer♥WORTH on FLIPBOARD

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Every survivor looks great, no matter the appearance

Social Current See : Following the survivors on the Facebook page Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
Just made a comment on the FB wall of Douglas Mancebo, who is concerned about his physical appearance (the Kojack look) and advised him:

Don’t sweat the appearance of all your friends because they should not sweat yours. In 2007, I showed up at the wedding to give away my youngest daughter. Had a tumor in my left jaw the size of a orange and was bald as a billard ball. But alive and a few months away from an SCT that keeps me alive almost 6 years later. Those who care about you are just happy to see you. Those who don’t like your appearance can hang out somewhere else.

After I came out of isolation following my SCT and sometimes prior, when I saw people I hadn’t seen in awhile they often said, “Great to see you!”  My usual response was, “Great to be seen!”

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