We met a number of very interesting people. All were knowledgeable and well-informed. It was an intellectually and socially stimulating experience. I learned a lot by talking with patients and attending some of the seminars. For example, some of the recent advances in gene expression profiling were very interesting, which could lead to individualized targeted therapies in the near future. The Saturday night dinner was a tribute to Pat's amazing life, and it was a very fitting closure for those of us who miss him so much. I hope and expect that they will continue to hold this event in years to come. If so, we'd like to attend.
On Sunday, we drove down to Cape Coral, near Fort Myers, to visit with my college roommate, Steve, and his wife, Sue. They have a really nice winter home on a canal which connects to the Gulf of Mexico. It's a beautiful place. We had a wonderful visit. The weather was great! Since it was cold and snowing in Boston then, it was a really good time for us to be in Florida.
|Scott and Gretchen|
My bone marrow biopsy results are back, but when I try to access them through the Patient Gateway, there are no specific results posted. I guess I'll have to wait until my next Farber visit to get the full results. If I was really anxious, I would call, but I think I can wait. One number that they did publish was the percentage of plasma in my bone marrow. Last year it was 6%, but this time it is 7%. That may not be a big deal, but that's not going in the right direction. I'm slightly anxious to get the full report.