Monday, August 15, 2011

Beyond the Horizon

When I started taking maintenance chemotherapy (an intricate waltz of pills and doctors' visits on ever-changing schedules) I never thought the end would come. I honestly dug in for the long haul. It is with no little wonder that I can announce to you that we're past the first hurdle. I have stopped taking all the rest of the pills. After I stopped taking ATRA, I really felt like this ordeal might end. Now I can envision a new age to my life: one in which I am not defined by my disease.

To everyone who has read this, thank you! Updates will likely be even more sporadic than they have been the last year. I will still be going to the hematologist to make sure the blood looks good, and I'll let you know how it goes.

The biggest thanks of all, however, are reserved for Teddy. We all who have benefited from his devotion owe him a huge debt of gratitude. For my own part, I fear I will never repay that debt; I can only spend all the rest of my life annoying him in my attempts. Thank you, Teddy. Without you, the world would be a much darker place.