The Results Are In

But First a Word From Our Sponsor 

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A big thank  you and shout out to my hand model.  Look for him on TV.  He’s going places.

Well, it’s not really a sponsor, but I want to put a plug in for 2 things.  When I was first diagnosed in 2012,  some friends put together a fundraiser using robstrong bracelets.  I know it’s a little late in the fight, but thanks to all the generous donations we’ve received, I have some more robstrong bracelets to be giving away free of charge.  So if you’d like to have/wear a robstrong bracelet, please use the link below.  The only thing you need to cover is shipping (payable via Paypal).  The bracelets themselves are free and a thank you from Lindsey and I for all your support.  A special thank you also goes out to formstack.com for supporting me and allow me to use this spectacular and easy to build form for free.

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Plug 2: Raccoon Run at Camp Tecumseh 2016-02-15_2126
If you know me, you know that Camp Tecumseh is near and dear to my heart.  I was a camper there in the 80’s and a counselor in the 90’s.  I now serve as Vice President on the Board of Directors.

Camp (located near Brookston, IN) is hosting it’s first annual 5k.  The 5k will be used to help raise money for Camp related causes.  This year that cause is me.  The proceeds from the race will go towards medical bills in 2016 now that our out of pocket has reset.  Beyond that though, it’s a chance to take a run/walk through a beautiful camp and meet wonderful people.  If you’d like to sign up for the first annual Running With the Raccoons, you can do so at this link.  A t-shirt and goodie bag is included in the registration.

Sign Up for the 5k

And Now for the Results
Today was Dr. Nelson day.  It has been 2 weeks since my last appointment.  As you’ll recall, I heard that my BMA showed no abnormalities (aka, I’m still in remission).  Today I found out what percentage of my blood is from my donor.  I’m not quite 100% donor, but I’m close.  I’m over 99% donor and less than 1% me (at least in my blood).  Dr. Nelson said that was a good result at this point and we will do another BMA in 2-3 months to see if I am 100% donor.  His only concern would have been if I was 4%-5% me still.  That’s because my blood can be leukemic.  We did this whole damn thing to get rid of the leukemia, so waving bye bye to my cells is a good thing.

Post Results Puke
It’s funny because this morning I felt better than I have in a long time.  This afternoon was a different story.  That’s how this SCT ride goes.  I’ve had a slight cold and for whatever reason colds seem to mess with my GI tract.  This time is no different.  I’ve had an afternoon filled with nausea, diarrhea, and puking.  Even had to pull off to the side of the road and puke because there was no delaying the upchuck.  I’ve got 2 different anti-nausea meds in me and some Immodium.  We’ll see if it does the trick.

A Duck Dynasty Prayer
God, thank you for the encouraging results.  Thank you for my donor and the life he provided.  I don’t know where the road will curve or what obstacles lie ahead, but I do know that you are with me each step of the way.  Good or bad, you are there and I praise you in both those times.  Thank you for every step of progress I’ve made.  Thank you for another day.

15 thoughts on “The Results Are In

  1. Glad the results came back good! Praise God your blood is almost gone! 😜 But seriously thanks be to God. 😊
    I really wish you would’ve let me know you weren’t feeling well! I totally would’ve kept the kids till Lindsey got off! Don’t ever hesitate to ask!!

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  2. Amen! You are the 99%–gotta get after that 1%. And, that’s the last time you will ever hear me say that. So good to hear, brother! Loved hearing about the Raccoon Run–if I can’t make it I’ll try to run at the same time in solidarity.

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  3. Thanks for the update, you are almost there! Prayers will keep on requesting you reach that 100% goal soon and can proceed on your life’s journey. Feel better soon, this winter’s colds seem to linger longer than any of us would like.

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  4. Geez. medicine has a long way to go before catching up to Mathematics. Haven’t these doctors ever heard of “rounding up” (also a cowboy term). 99.99 is for all practical purpose 100. So, c’mon, docs, learn to round. Therapy may also be helpful. Stressing over 0.01 is, well, a little anal-retentive. Now, in a patient with GI issues (not to mention any name), anal-retentive can be a good thing. But not in doctors. So, loosen up, docs (but please avoid saying that around your patients). Go with the flow (also avoid saying that around your patients). Just jot that 1-0-0 on the medical chart, and everybody will be happy. You’ll feel better after you’ve gotten it out of your system (this little saying, too, should be kept to yourself).

    Love, Uncle Claude

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  5. WONDERFUL news!!! I will keep you on my prayer list to keep the “old” you cells OUT OF THERE! Plus the Donor cells to take over! So sorry to hear about the cold! It is going around down here at IBE too. Winter is the worst time for those germs! Take care and keep on keeping on! So thrilled with the good news!

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  6. Hey, Rob! This is the rosary lady continuing to pray for your 100% recovery! During this time of Lent, think about uniting your suffering to those of His. Truly you will realize a certain sense of peace knowing that like His, your suffering has value.

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  7. Praise to our Lord for this great news! It truly is another milestone on our journey! A minor milestone, but a milestone non-the-less is that your mother signed up to walk the Raccoon Run—amore like a shock, right???? Love you!!!

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  8. Great news! I am so happy for you! I think we may be able to do the Camp T race….its so great out there that I bet it will be a beautiful run. I doubt I can run, but I can try to walk it 🙂 Will you all be out there?

    Wishing you a better GI tract balance today.

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