The next big milestone was the the routine day 80 biopsy. This was particularly significant because we knew a "negative" result for leukemia was our ticket back home to Dr. Broome's care at Georgetown and an end to this Seattle chapter of our story. More than anything, it would mean that the cancer was still 'away' and we could take some more baby steps back to normalcy. I had the biopsy in the morning and was immediately transferred to the triage room for further evaluation with another temperature spike. At that point, we were so over the back and forth with a fever that could not be explained. We finally got home and began an agonizing 24 hours of suspense trying to be normal and waiting for the results while monitoring my temperature for another spike. We went through the motions of eating dinner, swallowing pills, taking my temperature, and watching The Newsroom and possibly Teen Mom 2 (I'm going to claim that the fever blinded my judgement on that one).
Wednesday morning, Day 85, we got the call that the biopsy was clear of leukemia and I was cancer-free!!!! Hanna and I immediately started crying, hugging, and dancing....and I may have told the doctor I loved him. This was the news we knew lead to two tickets home in a couple weeks. This was the news that means the new cells are taking over and doing their cellular thing (that's technical medical jargon there, sorry for being so scientific). Once the dancing stopped, we spent the rest of the day smiling at each other and thinking beyond Seattle for the first time. We know that this is nowhere near the end of this journey. There will still be several years of frequent doctor visits and more scary bone marrow biopsies. But, it does mark the end of the Seattle chapter which has been equal parts exhausting, wonderful, scary, and hopeful. We close this chapter with stronger love, deeper faith, and a brand new outlook on life.
I know I have said it a million times but I just know that this would not have been so successful without the love of my life by my side through it all. Hanna has been the loving wife, selfless caregiver, and friend by my side to laugh, cry, or just hold. This week, more than any, I needed her and she was there every second. I am so blessed to walk this journey with Hanna and to know that we will continue to walk our journey for many, many years to come. We have been reflecting and talking about all the memories, good and bad, that we have made here in Seattle. We have also been talking about the people and things that we are so excited to see when we get back to the east coast. We haven't seen our Alexandria apartment in over six months and miss the comforts of our real home. We are truly counting down the days and can't wait to make this transition. Thanks to all for the constant and continued love, support, and prayers....you help us to know, without doubt, that....
ALL Will Be Well
"Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose"
"In the Evening of Life, We Will Be Judged on Love Alone"
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