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In the game ...

MSNBC has posted the entirety of David Gregory's twenty-seven minute interview with Tony Snow about his cancer here. Among many other things, Tony testifies to the power of the concerns others have expressed for him. It's a reminder to keep your thoughts and prayers with Tony and his family as well as anyone else in your life who may be struggling with similar challenges.

Moving Toward a 'Catharsis'

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Death is only a horizon,
and a horizon is nothing
save the limit of our sight.
-- Rossitier W. Raymond

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Some who read and responded to my last entry may have been wondering if we are wavering about the the stem cell transplant (SCT). That is not the case. I was just reporting the candor of my physician in terms of the realistic chances for a cure, a probability around 20%. What this confirms: we have known for about 18 months that mantle cell lymphoma is a difficult disease to treat and cure. Not impossible, but not assured despite great advances in treatment of the disease.

Thursday, we had a family counseling session with Dr. Nakamura, Dee Dee, our two daughters, Suzanne and Andrea, and our case manager, Mona Sweinhart, RN, along with a social worker, Carlos, at City of Hope. During the session, our daughters had opportunity to ask their questions and to probe into details about the pending procedure. Both girls left the session satisfied that ever…

A Crossroads Just Before the SCT

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Even though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
Psalm 23:4 (NIV)

Yesterday was a long day at City of Hope. Arriving around 8:15 a.m., we first had an appointment for reinsertion of my PICC line (the temporary catheter line through which the drugs are administered and blood is drawn). The first line became unraveled and unusable last week (not uncommon). All went well with this procedure and it included my routine blood draw for tests.

We then waited a couple hours to see Dr. Nakamura, who was just back from his two-week vacation in Japan. More on our visit with the doctor and other members of our care team in a moment. Later in the afternoon, Dee Dee and I had a class on the Hickman catheter, the so-called permanent line that is due to be installed when I am in the hospital for the stem cell transplant (SCT). Finally, at the end of the day (ending around 6:15 p.m.), I had another round of chem…

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