Trey, cam_kris and Dan. Thank you all so much for your responses, it really means a lot to me.
Everyone here on this forum has been so helpful getting through this roller coaster ride with me.
Trey: Yes now that you mention it, it is kind of interesting, but the most important thing for me right now is the downward trend
The result sheet also mentions a "lower detection limit" (that`s the best translation i could do so maybe you can make sense of it)
Which reads the following for each result:
BCR-ABL1/ABL1 BCR-ABL/GUS "Lower Detection Limit"
04.11.12 76% 21% 0,001
06.14.12 17% 10% 0,003
07.26.12 3% 3% 0,001
10.24.12 0.10% 0.08% 0,038 <Less than 5 copies BCR-ABL
Is this the lowest possible bcr-abl detection possible on those single tests? Since the last one is a bit high, maybe that is because of the possibly "degraded" blood quality or other factors during the pcr testing, and they use that as a kind of compensation? (Under 0,001 would be considered undetectable on the first test, and 0,0038 would be considered undetectable on the last test)
cam_kris: 0.08% sounds a lot like MMR to me, i will keep my fingers, arms and legs crossed for you, and i will check in on how you are doing when you get confirmation
Dan: You have inspired me throughout this journey with all your positive posts, and im certain you will continue to do so in the future as well. THANK YOU! I have been following your progress, and based on the results you have gotten so far, i am confident you will have a continued good response on Gleevec. I know those numbers control our lives in a major way, but until your next test, i couldnt see much wrong with your current numbers, except on the last 2 tests which are both using IS, but as others have pointed out to you its not a trend yet so keep the faith, you will probably be just fine I do however understand your anxiety awaiting your next pcr results and i will keep you in my thoughts.
For now i will continue my "lifestyle" with my (almost) daily walks, and moderate intake of red wine
I too Dan, have been taking my G with breakfast, and ive eaten the exact same breakfast for the last 6 months, yikes.
(2 slices of bread with goat cheese+strawberry jam, with a small glass of apple juice)
Being a man, its hard to admit, but today was actually the first time i cried after getting CML, a cry of relief and of a feeling that i would probably get to see my kids grow up.
Anyway, have a good election today, may the best candidate win