Once again, I am starting a new adventure- but this one will be entirely indoors. I am back in the hospital preparing for a bone marrow transplant, a type of immunotherapy that has a chance of attacking the renal (kidney) cell cancer I have been fighting for six years. I will be in this room for over a month, and as I write this, I am receiving via IV the third of three kinds of chemotherapy that are used to suppress my immune system for the transplant.
On Monday the 23rd (day zero), I will receive an infusion of marrow and stem cells from a donor- my brother Pete is the match- which will hopefully replace my immune system and attack the cancer tumors. The immune system takes many months to return to normal, which explains the long hospital stay and the additional months of being quarantined at home. The adventure for me is to cope with being holed up in one place instead of being as active as I usually am.
In this phase of the blog, I will talk about that process, as well as other thoughts that come up. Comments are welcome, and I will also be adding more updates and stories to my website, now that I have forced time on my hands.
Thanks to all those who have already expressed their best wishes.