September 18, 2013

Today is KDd 4-14. Tomorrow, I was originally scheduled to have my 5th dose of Kyprolis and my third dose of Doxil together with the dreaded 16 mg of dexamethasone.

Instead, today I had my consent meeting at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in Miami with Krishna Komanduri. He carefully explained the informed consent that I did sign for the Autologous Stem Cell Transplant.

This ASCT process will start on Sunday, 9/22 with my first Neupogen injection. This drug is also known as filgrastim or G-CSF, or Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor. It’s primary purpose is to stimulate the production of extra blood stem cells in the marrow so that these may be more easily collected during the aphoresis collection process. We want as many as we can get because these are the cells I get back after the high dose chemo.

As for me, right now I’m feeling great. Kathleen and I went out to dinner after our meeting in Miami to one of our favorite restaurants, The Sea Watch. We learned that all bottles of wine are 50% off on Wednesday evenings. So we had a nice Napa Chardonnay with Kathleen’s shrimp and my scallops.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for my healing.

Amen.