Why-Just-Being-Positive-Is-BadThe routine is paying off, although I am still fighting nausea after taking my meds. But spreading them out is certainly helping. I’m enjoying my hour of Qigong and meditation in the morning. It really sets up my day positively and with hope. And I am building up my strength by walking. I do feel better everyday, overall.

Yesterday Terri and I went for my 30 day biopsy. Hopefully, they will have results by Wednesday – my next appointment. In this biopsy they will be determining how many of the stem cells are my donor, and how many of mine survived. Yes, some do survive all that chemo, lets face it there are billions of blood forming stem cells throughout your bones.

The trick is getting my new (donor) immune system to seek out and destroy my old cancerous stem cells. That is really what happens over the next 3 to 9 months. The doctors reduce the immunosupressing drugs so that my new immune system destroys them all. But they have to be careful, because that is what causes Graft vs Host disease. That’s when the new immune system attacks my body and can cause lots of problems. So it’s a balancing act my doctor (and his team) get to play with my body.

So Friday was not very fun and I spent most of it in bed or on the big comfy chair and watched a marathon of Big Bang Theory, cuz I felt like crap. Today, it’s Saturday , and it’s a new day… My hip still hurts but I can ignore it most of the time.

Blood counts were status quo, none went up or down worth reporting… And that is a good thing. White cells are just where we want them, in the normal range. It takes about two months for the red cells and platelets to catch up and stay in the normal range. I probably will not need any more transfusions… Grab that wood, as Terri would say, and give it a good knock!

Look for next Wednesday’s post, we hope to have good news!



  1. Linda Senenfelder

    Sound good again keeping you in our prayers just to be on the safe side. But everything seems to be headed I the right direction. Keep up the good work.

    • Linda, thank you and please keep the prayers coming, I still have a rough road ahead.

  2. Monica Beglau

    So good to hear your “voice,” Mark, in your posts!! I know these are long, tough days but you will prevail!! Know that we are all thinking of you and sending positive energies your way 🙂

    • Thank you Monica! For everything. You know what I am going through, so I’m taking it one day at a time. Hope all is well with you brother.

  3. I forgot to sign in… Anonymous is me, at least on this page.

  4. Maybe if you stop looking in the mirror the nausea will let up. Yessssssssssss!

  5. Always works for me. Just kidding, I look in the mirror to relieve nausea.