April 29, 2014

by kpw413

Today is ASCT + 195. It is also my beloved Kathleen’s birthday!

Today is the day I’ve been waiting for. My six months post transplant results are where every myeloma patient wants them to be. You may recall that my monoclonal protein or M-Spike from 3 months ago was 0.07 g/dL or 0.26 g/dL depending on whether we were speaking of the new test method or the old method.

Well my new number according to the new method is 0.02 g/dL! Praise be to God! Hallelujah! It’s not 0, but it’s well on the way. I mentioned last time that my transplant doc, Krishna, said I should not expect 0 M-Spike post transplant – that it can take some months to get to 0. Well, clearly, I am on my way.

Most transplant patients start on consolidation therapy or maintenance therapy about 3 months post transplant. l did re-start my curcumin therapy about 1-1/2 months post transplant and that is what I have been on all this time since, 1 capsule 2 times per day of the Meriva version of curcumin.

I will be sending my results of my last testing off to James and to Warren for discussion. At the moment, my view is that the curcumin is doing the job and my druthers are to hold off on more aggressive therapy until such time (perhaps never?) as this may be needed.

Let’s see what they have to say. In the meantime, I feel great. My peripheral neuropathy is basically 0. My life seems almost normal except for the pincushion I became last Wednesday when I received no less than 6 immunizations to protect me since my transplant virtually wiped out this protection. I have more to come over the next 18 months.

Thank you, Lord Jesus, for my healing, and thank you for the healing received by those for whom we pray, Herma, Berris, Wayne, Ken, Joe, Vera, and Frank.