Today offered a huge sigh of relief. The results of my Day +30 bone marrow biopsy are back and all three measures that determine if my transplant worked have proven it did!
First, the pathologist sees no blasts and no traces of MDS. Second, my bone marrow is 100% my donor’s, based on DNA. Apparently, even 98% or 99% her DNA would have had the doctors worried, so good thing this wasn’t an algebra test. Who am I kidding – that would have landed me in the 70s or 80s for sure.
I sort of jumped the gun with this information on Tuesday when those two results came back, telling people here it proved my bone marrow transplant worked, only to find out from Julia that the third measure – chromosomal abnormalities – was the biggest piece of the puzzle.
Today Dr. Kahn called and said the biopsy showed no chromosomal abnormalities in my marrow, meaning the cells with the chromosomes that were all out of whack before that caused the MDS were not there, killed by my large doses of chemotherapy. So I’m not a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle, as Jimmy would have called me. Whew.
The news couldn’t be better. Granted, I have to get several other biopsies down the line that could show changing results – the first on Day +100 – but things are looking up. Exhale.
P.S. My computer is rejecting my USB port. I promise I’ll get those photos of the Transplant House up soon!
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