Although I post on the boards infrequently these days, over the past several years, so many of you have been helpful to me (sometimes unknowingy) and sometimes because I asked a question and got lots of concerned answers.
So I had to share with you that yesterday when I visited my oncologist, he handed me my latest test results and the first sentence read "Quan. PCR, cell-based BCR-ABL/ABL Ratio = 0.000. There is no BCR-ABL fusion transcript detected by PCR." I actually just kept saying "this can't be right, I can't believe it!" The date was almost exactly 2 years and 8 months since my dx, and I think I had decided that I would always be one of those people with CML who "hovers" somewhere under 1.000 for years (not a bad option, either), so I was elated to see those numbers. What will be interesting now is that early this week I overnight-shipped blood samples to Dr. Cortes at MD Anderson for similar testing. I can't wait to see what those results show.
In the meantime, my husband and I went out to dinner and celebrated and I didn't even count the beers!
So to anyone out there who's impatient and an "overachiever" like me, just know that as Trey always says, the turtle can still cross the finish line - he/she just might take a little longer.
Thanks for all the ongoing support I get from the discussions and individuals on this board. I will keep visitig regularly and contribute when I think I have something worthwhile to offer.