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Friday, February 24, 2012

Good News

This has been a fantastic week for playing golf here in Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.  Except for Sunday, which was rained out, we have had great weather, with temperatures reaching the high 60s and low 70s.  My golf game has continued its downhill spiral, but who cares...I'm having a good time.  Yesterday I played with my son Jeff, brother Terry, and good friend Bobby, shown in this picture.


Our two cooks, Paul and Joe, decided their goal was to fatten me up, so they have been shoving food at me all week.  Last night, over my weak protestations, they made me eat two creme brulees.  Oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do.  Everything has been delicious, and I am thoroughly enjoying it, knowing that I probably won't want to eat anything in a few weeks.

Oh yes, and I bought more hats.  Here is the latest number that I got today in the Pro Shop.   In the background is the signature ninth hole at the Rivers Edge Course where we played today.  We were supposed to play here Sunday, but it rained so hard that day that Jeff, started referring to it as the Oceans Bottom Course.

I have also added a couple of golf shirts and shorts to my wardrobe which better fit the new slimmer version of myself.  Of course I won't be playing golf for the foreseeable future, and by the time I can, I may be too fat again to fit into them.  Come to think of it, I should be so lucky.

Today I got a return call from Kathy Colson, who gave me the pathology results of my latest tests.  The protein electrophoresis and immunofixation tests continue to show no measurable monoclonal protein after the latest Cycle 7, which is good news.  The best news, however, is from my bone marrow biopsy results, which are now back.  In July, the plasma level (bad stuff) in my marrow was 60%.  Now there is no measurable plasma at all!  That means I have apparently reached stringent Complete Response (sCR) to the MLN9708 treatment.  Excuse me while I frolic and cavort around the room for a few minutes...

...OK, I'm back now.  A really good week just turned into a great week!


  1. Congrats, Bill, on the great news and for having such a fun time:)

  2. Wonderful news, Bill. Enjoy the golf and go home with a smile on your face!

  3. Great news! And I have a couple of pounds I could lend you, for as long as you need them!


  4. Hey Bill, we're glad to hear the good news - and will be rootin' for ya especially over the next few weeks!

    You interested in a Celtics hat? ah, never mind....

    xoxoxox Chris & Don

  5. Thank you all for your comments. I appreciate your support more than you can know.

  6. Golfing with your son and buddies was a great way to celebrate the improvement of your health. Looks like playing a sport is doing a good job to your body. Golf is a great choice; not only does it not strain you too much, you’ll also get to relax in-between swings, especially if the place is surrounded by beautiful landscapes. Stay active and healthy!

    Terri Thomas @ Action Sports Company

    1. Thanks, Terri. I appreciate your encouragement and support. I'm pleased to report that two and a half years later, I am still doing great!