In the spirit of World Cup fever, Callen reached target goal of Minimal Residual Disease less than 0.01% in his most recent bone marrow biopsy done Monday afternoon!!! This beautiful news, hand-delivered in hard copy by his attending physician late last night, is a sweet first victory for our little champion. There is currently NO discernible evidence of cancer in his bone marrow! But because he is a slow responder, he will be required to complete this intense three year high risk protocol in order to optimize the likelihood of maintaining longterm remission and eventual cure. We push forward, at the same time savoring his hard-earned victory.

SCORE: Callen 1, Leukemia 0.

Who's the "Big C" now?!?!?!!

Home for the Holiday

It has now been 17 days since Callen last received chemotherapy. Even by chemo holiday standards, that’s quite an extended vacation! Admittedly, as with most getaways, it took Jim and I a few days to relax into the concept of doing “nothing”.

Callen, on the other hand, clearly lacked any ambivalence about his time off from treatment: he was fresh off a blood transfusion and rarin’ to go!

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Pomp. And Circumstance.

Thursday afternoon, Jim and I attended Julia’s high school commencement ceremony. What a beautiful sight to behold – an auditorium of young adults, full of hope and promise, brimming with enthusiasm and beaming with pride. We watched as each student crossed that stage to a soundtrack of cheers, whistles, applause and the occasional cowbell. We could not have been more proud to witness Julia receiving her diploma, her trademark sunny smile and dimple visible even from our distant vantage point. What a moment to relish! What a memory to treasure!

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"C" Sickness

A precious friend sent these words to me recently.

It was a beautiful day at “C” when her text message arrived. The “C” was calm and gentle. There were no visible clouds on the horizon. A soft breeze blew – enough to remind us that we were drifting a bit at “C”, but not enough to create more than soft ripples in our life pool. It was smooth sailing, so-to-speak. And so I had – and took - the time to read, reread, absorb and thank her for these words, humbled that they had brought me to her mind.

But the “C” is fickle. And vast. And powerful. A squall can arise without warning, knocking one’s nascent “C” legs out from under. And a few days later, it did just that.

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