Since my postings from a few days ago, I have been overwhelmed by the support and prayers of many many friends.
I sincerely thank you for your support and prayers. I have many more rough patches to navigate and I hope you will extend your support and prayers.
I decided to write a second note today because -- I spoke to the Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator (someone to be very close friends with).
She immediately recognized me and remarked that my hematology/oncology doctor, Dr. Sayar has been working "overtime" with the transplant experts, on my behalf. It is a very nice feeling when you know your team of doctors are planning some of the steps, anticipating the arrival of the patient.
It is also very comforting to know that the expert in AML (Acute Myleoid Leukemia) who heads the Dana Farber cancer center, and Harvard professor, speaks very highly of the Simon Cancer Center's leader Dr. Larry Cripe and his team. It happens so that my brother at Harvard is a friend of Dr. Stone and they are tracking my case (perhaps for reasons of ethnicity, clinical trial, and a general interest in my progress. Age-wise, I am considered young for these diseases )
Back to the point I was going to make -- The transplant coordinator suggested that she has identified a stem cell cord blood which could an option; as well as she has located a Donor who could be a near perfect match.
If there is one key message I would like to send to every reader of my posts -- please register yourself as a bone marrow donor. The process requires you giving just a drop of blood at the proper registry. The bone marrow registry is an international registry and you can be saving a young child's life, right now.
Please don't put it off to tomorrow or the weekend. If you are in Indiana, IU is a great place to start.
On behalf of other cancer patients, thank your support and action.