Dr. Bobs Adventure

We've created this blog for several reasons. First is to keep family and friends(including Bobs' pts.)informed of Bobs' condition while he undergoes treatment for Acute Myelogenous Leukemia(AML) at HUP. You may also write to Bob by posting a comment, which I'll print for him to read. Please feel free to pass this blog site on to anyone you think may want to join us.Instructions to blog are listed under day 12, and bobs' address etc are under day 14. Click on April Archives to find both.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

GOOD NEWS !!!!!!!

Dear friends and family,

At long last we have wonderful news to share. Dr. Luger called yesterday afternoon and told Bob to stop the targettrin...she said he wasn't a candidate for the clinical trial any longer b/c he is not considered a chemotherapy failure anymore. He said HUH? Than she dropped the bomb....on the bone marrow of 5/30, there were no blasts(read leukemia cells) seen at all!!!!!! So he is considered a delayed remission....following in our Debs' footsteps once again. Bob was so dumbfounded he actually used profanity and said "what the hell does this mean? She said for now it means we do nothing, see what Mondays' BMB shows and go from there. She was very pleased though, and we are being cautiously optimistic. As many of you know, there is no cure for AML w/o a stem cell or bone marrow transplant, and we don't think Bob is a candidate for that. We wonder if she will want to do consolidation chemo though. We have many questions now that we have our wits about us, and Bob has an appt. to see her on 7/11. We don't think she'll do another BMB at that time, as she had planned, but we'll hopefully get answers to all our questions at that point. At any rate, we never hoped to get these results(well, in my heart I've always hoped for exactly this, but never truly expected it.) and plan to bask in it for now. We're also not sure what Bobs' counts will do now that he is off the targettrin, but Dr. Luger did say if they fall, she can put him back on it, just not in the study. So, last night we went to the Mainland Inn...still our favorite local restaurant....each had a cosmo(not as good as JT's though-he still makes the meanest one around)and a glass of wine, Bob had the vichysoisse and veal chop, I had the escargot and Coquilles St. Jacques(that really taxed my high school French) and Bob finished up w/ the creme brulee....alright I had 2 bites if you have to know. It was fabulous and felt so normal...a very nice change.
Well, I'd like to stay and chat, but I need to get myself in gear to go out and run some errands. I just wanted to let you all in on our exciting news, thank you for your tireless support....prayers, well-wishes, cards and blogs....and as always request that you continue, as something is definitely helping Bob in this big "adventure".

All our love,
Bob and Mo

P.S. KM, is that line from one of the Jaws movies....I hate to admit it, but that's all I could come up with.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am so happy for you!! Great news indeed! Will continue the prayers for everything to stay right! Good going mazzola's... love, mdf

June 29, 2006 2:45 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Humphries said...

No other words nesessary- just enjoy The Blessing of Answered prayer.. bjh

June 29, 2006 3:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello My Darlings,
THANK GOD!!!!! Whatever this latest news means we will take it. Bonnie said it best "enjoy the blessing of answered prayer...
We love you both.....deb and joe

June 29, 2006 5:25 PM  
Blogger Istari #6 said...

Be sure to remind everyone that this excellent news is from the test that I took you too. If it helps, I drive you to all of them; and I hire at at reasonable rates.

I'm a summer bachelor for a while, so stock the Fridge. Veal chops sound just fine.

June 29, 2006 5:37 PM  
Blogger wanda cattalo said...

What wonderful news. I couldn't be happier for the two of you. It's so nice to see paryers answered.

Love, Wanda Cattalo

June 29, 2006 5:43 PM  
Blogger The Kimballs said...

Yahoo guys! What wonderful news for you both, all your friends and family. We are tickled down to our toes. The power of prayer. I told you I have my guardian angel up there keeping an eye on you Bob and whispering in the big guys' ear:) Love to you both. Nancy

June 29, 2006 5:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my gosh!!! YAY!!!!!!!!! :) So glad to read the great news!!! Sounds like you started the celebration off right- drinks and fancy dinner out! Yummmm. :)
Love from all of us, the Booth Family

June 29, 2006 6:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

some much needed good news and well earned for sure. it reminds me of a little saying that pop's up at opportune times such as this..."man makes plans and God laughs" and we thought it was thunder! xoxoxo

June 29, 2006 7:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What awsome news, worth waiting for! We're so glad that things seem to be turning around for you both. We're north in the Poconos for the 4th and the week after, sure wish you could be there fishing with us.
The power of prayer keeps us going.
Have a great holiday and we'll be thinking of you both.

Big John & Chris

June 29, 2006 9:10 PM  
Blogger Carolyn and Jim Stuart said...

Bob and Mo:
What WONDERFUL, exciting news!!!!!
We are so excited for you!!!! It is amazing how God listens to our prayers!!

Mainland Inn...their creme brulee is the best anywhere!!! Glad you had great news and a terrific celebration!!!

June 29, 2006 9:28 PM  
Blogger Linda Sheets said...

Dear Robert and Mo. What exciting news. It is just wonderful We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love Linda

June 30, 2006 9:23 AM  
Blogger Linda Sheets said...

Dear Robert and Mo. What exciting news. It is just wonderful We will keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Love Linda

June 30, 2006 9:23 AM  
Blogger Eileen said...

Woot, woot!
I'm sure it makes you crazy to have to wait sooo long for the results of the bmb, but since you got such good news, than it was well worth the wait. Welcome to remission!!! Now you also have your miracle. Will keep up the prayers and positive vibes.

<3 Eileen

June 30, 2006 10:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great news!! Keep it up. We are all thinking of you.
Chris Corrado and the rest of the Lou Corrado family.

June 30, 2006 2:19 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey you two,
What terrific news...finally!!
So very happy for you. We leave tomorrow for OC. Will be thinking of you (how could I not, while staying on the property where your grandmother's house once stood).
Behave yourselves and keep the good news coming.
Think of me too...15 of us in the house. Thank God it has 3 floors!


June 30, 2006 9:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Dr. Mazzola, I am thrilled that you got such good news. You will still be in my prayers. Linda V.

June 30, 2006 9:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck


July 02, 2006 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

enjoy the fireworks...they are for you both! xoxoxoxo

July 03, 2006 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

enjoy the fireworks...they are for you both! xoxoxoxo

July 03, 2006 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

enjoy the fireworks...they are for you both! xoxoxoxo

July 03, 2006 9:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This might be worth trying for joint pain


July 05, 2006 10:06 AM  

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