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Shut the Door and Have a Seat

by Tom on March 9th, 2011

The news, friends, is not good.

The biopsy from back on my birthday shows significant infiltration of the bone marrow by the more aggressive of the two lymphomas that I had before. This pretty solidly explains why my blood counts have been so low; there isn’t any room for the bone marrow stem cells to operate properly. In fact, the pathologist reported that it was difficult to spot any stem cells in the sample at all!

My spleen is bigger, but not as big as last time. Some lymph nodes are bigger, but not as large or as widespread as last time.

In addition, there may be some water around my heart. I’ll be getting that checked out further to see how that will impact treatment.

Today is my day off from medical stuff. Tomorrow, a transfusion and an LP to make sure it hasn’t spread back into my brain. The next day: into the hospital for heavy duty chemo.

And when this new type of chemo wipes it away, I’ll probably be getting another stem-cell transplant. The scarier type this time.

6 Comments
  1. Sarah Barci permalink

    Tom, I just hate hearing this! I am so sad that you have to keep fighting this fight. Please know that I will be praying for you and Jana- PLEASE ask for help when you need it. Keep us posted. This just isn’t fair. I know I sound like a child throwing a tantrum, it’s intentional. It’s just not fair. I love you both and again, will be sending you all my prayers and good thoughts.

  2. Tom, that is frightening and unfortunate news. :(

    Hold in there. You’re stronger than anyone I know with regards to this stuff. You’ll make it through like a champ, I’m sure. I’m rootin’ for you.

  3. Thinking about you every day, Tom. Your strength has been an inspiration for a long time and I know that as frightening as this must be, you will persevere.

    Please let us know if there’s anything we can do to help. Perhaps I will write that 10-page refutation of Atlas Shrugged so you’ll have original reading material for chemo ;)

  4. Very sorry to hear that. Please let us know if there is anything we can do!

  5. I wish cancer cells had both the intelligence and consciousness to understand their genocide via chemical weapons.

  6. Chris McCall permalink

    Tom, I’m in Jana’s cohort. I read some of your posts and I wanted to thank you for blogging about cancer and your fight. As an aspiring teacher, this is really valuable for helping to understand and feel empathy. It could also be a great tool for teaching about blogging – should you feel comfortable with that.

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