I passed an important milestone this weekend: Pattie and I celebrated (is that what you call it?) the third anniversary of my multiple myeloma diagnosis. Several new myeloma drugs have been approved since my diagnosis, and median life expectancies have almost doubled. Still, three years seems like a big deal to me—especially since I was told I probably only had three or four years to live when I was first diagnosed.
I have made a point of reflecting upon my physical and emotional state—and reassesing where I stand—each year around this time. My conclusion this year: Even though my myeloma is “creeping back,” it is doing so very slowly. My 10 mg 14 days on/14 days off dosing with Revlimid continues to keep my cancer in check. And when it does stop working, I still have a number of therapy options available to try. So the future looks bright—as bright as it can for those of us living our “new normal!”
Feel good and keep smiling!