You may recall from earlier posts that my doctor here in Paso performed a bone marrow biopsy nearly 3 weeks ago. Then, the docs at the UCSF hospital decided that they needed one of their own and didn't want to share. One purpose of it is to see what percentage of the bone marrow, or in my case the plasma in the bone marrow, are cancer cells. For instance, we met Troy Parke at UCSF who has a different form of multiple myeloma,but is at the bone marrow biopsy stage. When visiting with Troy he said that his biopsy indicated that his cancer was at about 50% when they started his chemo treatments. I do not know how they measure it, just that they do. After 7 months of chemo his percentage was down to 5%, so on to the next round for him, which is the bone marrow transplant.
So I'm visiting with Dr Bonis about things and asked him why he hasn't given us a report on the biopsy yet. His response, 90-100%. I made the statement "So basically I don't have bones, they're more like cancer tubes." He said he'd never heard it put quite that way, but that is a correct assessment.
All of the miracles up to this point have been many and literally life saving. Dr Bonis said, "Now you are in the battle of your life." The fact that I look and feel relatively well on the outside does not change the fact that as of right now, my cancer is eating away at my bones faster than the chemo can kill it. Dr Bonis reiterated that he expects us to win. It may take longer. It may take larger doses, it may take modifying the chemo cocktail,..etc. How nice it is to have a Doc who believes in miracles.
With all of the fasting, prayers, blessings, care and Heavenly Father's will, it's a done deal. Please include in your prayers that the chemo will be effective immediately against the cancer and that it will act quickly and completely to stem the growth of the cancer in my body; that my body will be able to be healthy and strong in order to fight the cancer; and tolerate the chemo; that the doctor's will be inspired to find and follow the treatment protocol that will be most effective for my case; and that I will not have any more problems with bone fractures in my spine and body in general.
On behalf of all of us, thank you for the depth of love that everyone has shown. We love you too.