Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A little background on my treatment

So this is me at Kaiser Sunnyside for my "FIRST" go around with chemo-therapy.

This was back in the fall of 2008 (is that right?). I was treated at this facility for non-hodgkins lymphoma using a comprehensive chemo-therapy regimen. This was effective and I weathered the treatment pretty well (memory is so subjective isn't it?). The facility and people at Sunnyside are terrific - I can't say enough about the amazing nursing and other staff there.

I gained complete remission and enjoyed getting my life and my strength back. Julie and I enjoyed a wonderful trip to France to celebrate, and I was happy to have that chapter behind me.

Then this last summer I began to notice a disturbing degeneration in my eyesight - mostly in the form of "floaters" that wouldn't go away. I visited an Optometrist, who recommended I see an Ophthalmologist right away. Soon I was biopsied (a surgical process that removes the vitreous fluid in the eye) and diagnosed with lymphoma again - the same variety as before. So I had relapsed. Treatment this time around included rounds of high dosage Methatrexate in the hospital, 4 rounds, as well as injections of the chemo in my eyes (yucky, but some how not as bad as you might imagine to be).

Ultimately, the treatment I'm facing at this time is to do a full Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) up at Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU).