It was off to Big City today for a regularly scheduled follow-up visit to Dr. Hema. After my weight, blood pressure and other vital signs were taken, blood was drawn for testing. Dr. Hema reported that my hemoglobin and platelet counts showed slight improvements, but improvements nonetheless. He confirmed that the most important indicator of my health, the M-spike number, would not be available until Wednesday or Thursday.
We discussed that curing lymphoma is unlikely at this time, given the state of medical science. However, remission, leading to a normal quality of life, is realistic. In his and my opinion, we have achieved it.
Of course, the question remains: how long will it last. We hope, long enough to enjoy a normal life expectancy or longer, even if it takes a few more rounds of treatments over a span of many years.
I will report the M-spike report as soon as I have it.
Thank you again for your well wishes. They buoy me up!