|Milo and I January 29th, 2011|
A lot has changed in the last twelve months. A year ago today, January 29th, Linda and I met with my oncologist and heard the words "Multiple Myeloma". We knew nothing of this disease, very little about its treatments, and even less about what this year and the future would bring. We were thrown into a world of unemployment, radiation, chemotherapy, bone marrow biopsies, stem cell transplant, hospitalization, prescription pain killers, loss of independence and chronic pain.
Well, we know a lot more now, and have reshaped our lives to this new normal, praising God for all the good things He has brought, and experiencing a deeper and richer love of marriage and family than we could have ever imagined. My numbers now are very good. All the blood work is in the normal range and my M-spike is 'not observed'. I am in remission! I remain on Revlimid as maintenance chemotherapy and have experienced minimal side effects.
Twelve months after a diagnosis that had us struggling and wondering how we would put the pieces together, we find ourselves in a good place, not yet planning ten years in the future, but cautiously optimistic that the next few years will be better than the last one. We can't say thank you enough to all those who supported us with love and prayers. We praise God for you and for His mercy as "I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13