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3/2/2016 Latest post:
Welcome to our CaringBridge site. We've created it to keep friends and family updated. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement during this time when it matters most. Starting in February 2015,Bill went through a series of illness and symptoms that baffled his GP and several specialists. October 1, 2015, Bill was diagnosed with stage 1 Multiple Myeloma. MM is a relatively rare cancer that is often not diagnosed before bones become brittle and/or kidney function begins to fail. Bill is lucky that he has neither of those complications.
Bill began outpatient chemo therapy mid-October and his response to treatment was immediate and better than expected. He has been in remission since November. The next step to achieve long term remission is a stem cell transplant.
Bill’s own stem cells were harvested from his blood mid-February. Today, March 1, he was given the chemo drug that kills the bone marrow. This will kill the cancer and also his immune system. On March 3, he will receive his own stem cells to restart his bone marrow. We expect to be at Emory hospital for two and a half weeks, then home with limited visitors for a couple of months.