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Wednesday, July 25, 2007

4/11/2007: Good Words are Worth Much!

One of the greatest blessings coming out of our fight with MCL is the way that news of my disease and the following of MyJournal and CarePage has prompted so much outpouring of support and encouragement.During the week in which a national radio personality and the objects of his remarks found that "bad" or negative words are not worth much at all, such may even create dispair and discord, my experience of the last 12-plus months is in the exactly opposite direction.

The words, thoughts, prayers given to me show ephatically that there is much "good" in people and most are likely to choose the words that bring hope, life, and encouragement. You may visit my CarePage and read some of the letters. More than these, I have had countless private e-mails in the same vein. I can't express how important these thoughts and messages have been to Dee Dee and our family for the purpose of facing each phase of this cancer.While we wonder why some never or seldom write, we have more than ample evidence that good words are worth much!

Now, an update on my care: Monday, April 17, we have a scheduled consultation at the world-renowned CITY OF HOPE Medical Center where we will see a stem cell transplant specialist and have some preliminary work done for that procedure. Also, on Friday, April 20, we return to Dr. Martel for more outpatient chemo and then another 2-day stay at Huntington Hospital for the the second inpatient phase of the ICE treatment previously described at this site.

The GREAT news is that there has been remarkable shrinkage and softening of the visible tumor sites that had previously not responded to any treatment for more than five months. Although we still have to do more research, this development leads us to the conclusion: the stem cell transplant offers the best possible chance for long-term remission, for a near-normal life span. Again, there is hope, if not a cure.

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