Remission? Remission?? Remission?????
Thursday, April 7 was the 6th month anniversary of the date that Bob was originally diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. And, on this anniversary, we received the call that he was in remission!
Any day would have been a great day to get such a call - but to receive it on an anniversary of the date that he was diagnosed was, somehow, monumental!
What is remission? There are different classifications of remission - complete and partial remission.
Complete remission means that there are no signs or symptoms of cancer. This can mean the cancer has been cured, or cancer may still be present in the body.
Partial remission refers to the point when few signs and symptoms of cancer remain, however there is a noticeable decrease of cancer cells.
We have no idea, at this point, what type of remission Bob is experiencing. We're just happy that his M-Spike is "undetectable" (no cancer cells could be found in his blood). And, his Serum Light Chains are within the normal range (another way that Multiple Myeloma is detected, and measured).
At some point, he'll have to undergo another BMB (Bone Marrow Biopsy) to determine if there are still cancer cells in his Bone Marrow....but right now, we're just celebrating the fact that his M-Spike (cancer count) is showing nothing!!!!!
Pinch me...make sure I'm not dreaming!!