May 17, 2012, was the second anniversary of my stem cell transplant (my “second birthday” I’ve been told – but with two prior stem cell transplants in 2000 and another back in 1955 I think I have enough now!). As I look back at last year’s post, it strikes me that my report is the same, just more so.
I continue testicular cancer-free (2000) and leukemia-free (2010), and have no expectation of either ever returning. I take great pains with sun protection, to make sure skin cancer doesn’t become my third. I still have a little graft vs. host disease (see last year’s post for a definition), but the GVHD in my legs has almost completely abated and I now have some in my mouth that’s treated with swishing a steroid mouthwash (no, my mouth isn’t “buff”). The best news is that, although still on prednisone, it’s now a comparatively low dose, and I am continuing a slow taper that should be zero by the end of the year if all goes well.
My recovery has not been holding me back at all. I work full time and greatly enjoy my work with my wonderful clients and my very supportive law partner, Lisa Rein. I also am getting lots of good exercise, both walking and bicycling.
Yesterday I took a 30-mile ride to Redmond. On May 13, a 37-mile ride to Jack and Betty’s cabin at Lake Stevens. And, most fun, on May 6 Susan and I, while in New York City to visit Brian and Kolby, rode in the 40-mile “5 Boro Bike Ride” with Seattle friends Bonnie and Larry from the Battery, up through Central Park, Harlem, the Bronx, down the FDR along the East River, into Queens, through Brooklyn, and over the Verrazano Narrows Bridget to the finish at Staten Island. A beautiful sunny day and a great time. We were scheduled to do this ride in 2010 with friends Jim and Susan, but fate intervened.
I’m still enjoying my work on the Puget Sound Blood Center board, and have one more year before “term limits” kick in. I’m even coordinating a blood drive at Temple Beth Am on July 10, 1:00-7:00, so if you’re in the North Seattle area, please email me that you’re interested and I’ll schedule you for a time.
We look with great anticipation to Jay’s marriage to Rachel Hughes this August, and we feel so blessed to have them both in Seattle, with Jay one year away from finishing UW Law School. We are also glad Brian and Kolby are having fun as temporary New Yorkers, but wouldn’t complain if they came back west once she completes her masters degree.
Have a happy summer!