Many of you have been asking me about my Mom, and I thought I would share a small update on her treatment (If you are new to my blog, my Mom was diagnosed with multiple myeloma back in September. Since that post I found out that "the survival rate" actually means something different for patients with this condition and the life expectancy after the diagnosis is unknown. But I believe in miracles!!).
Well, she's doing pretty good :) I talked to her just this morning. She barely finished her second round of chemo on Monday and was released for 10 days until she goes back for more treatment. They haven't done a biopsy yet so it's a little early to talk about remission but her blood test results actually amaze her doctors. Her white blood cell count is better than it's been in years. It's not in the norm yet but it's closer than not. Her kidney tests and hemoglobin are wonderful too, and that's such good news. The doctor mentioned that she might not even need dialysis after all!
She also tolerates chemo much better than expected. She lost some hair and is feeling a little weak overall but these are the only side effects of the treatment. Because she is allowed to work from home, she has more time to rest and relax. The government also pays for a good portion of her medications and that is huge. They will add a new drug to her treatment next time around that should be even more effective. She has two more rounds of chemo scheduled before they will perform a biopsy, and we'll know more.
So overall, I believe, this is some awesome news and I hope to get even better news before her 55-th Birthday in January! :)
Thank you all for keeping my Mom and our family in your prayers!