Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Timely Post

Well it was only a mere six weeks ago that I went in for my quarterly checkup with the Dr., so I guess it is about time I posted the results and how I am doing. I have had a number of friends and family tell me that when I don’t post for a long time they tend to assume the worst and start to worry and then they are afraid to call because they think it will be bad news.. My apologies if I have caused any of you to worry. The delay has nothing to do with my checkup it is just pure laziness and procrastination.

As for my checkup the news was very good, not great, but very good. Great news would have been to have the Dr. say I was in complete remission, which I am not, but very good in the fact that all of the Myeloma markers are either normal or close to normal. Of the five markers they look at, two (Free light chain ratio and lytic lesions) are in the normal range; my plasma cell dyscracia (which we are all familiar with) is at 5% and needs to be below 5% (I’d say that one is pretty close to being under control). If it wasn’t for a handful of bad proteins on a couple of tests I’d be in great shape.

So the bottom line is we are making progress, just a little more slowly than we would like. Lynn is sure it is her fault because she has never learned patience and this is the Lord’s way of giving her one more chance to learn.

I will try to be better about posting more often, but the bottom line is, no promises. After all I am a Tanner male and we are not known for our prolific letter writing.

We love you all and appreciate the support we have received from you as we have gone over this little bump in the road of our lives.

Steve

7 comments:

Q said...

Lynn is quite right; the Lord gives us chance after chance after chance to learn the same thing! So glad to hear that things are going in the right direction. We love and miss you both. :)
p.s. we are making a trip to England next month, any suggestions, what is your favorite part?

thehalvs said...

Well if your multiple journal entries that all begin with... "I have made a goal to be better about journal writing..." are any indication, it might be a while before we hear from you again! Kidding aside, you've been really great about the blog and it's been so nice for everyone. Love you and see you for good in two months!

Nat said...

so glad for the update. things are still going in the right direction. that's good news.

the kings said...

thanks for posting dad - love and miss you so :)....i think you should treat yourself to the dragon movie one of these days - good animated fun, i thought of you as we watched it! :)

the Taylors said...

Progress is progress, and we are thrilled to hear that progress is being made. Looking forward to the Tanner shindig in June and to having Jenn and Gary back amongst us. Love to you both -

Jan said...

I just read the good news,Steve! Couldn't be happier!
I wrote down a quote of Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"In order to learn the important lessons in life, one must each day surmount a fear." Wish it was easier! And certainly not this way! But you have taught all of us alot by your humility and attitude.
Just love the pictures of the family.You have such a special family! Have a great summer doing all you love. Love you, Jan

DUSTY said...

Steve, I don't know you but just found your blog. I am glad to hear you are doing so well. I will keep you in my prayers. Life can certainly give us a jolt from time to time. I have a family member that is also battling cancer. Hers is breast Ca. Her journey is in the beginning stages as she will be starting chemo next week after a mastectomy. Keep up the good atittude and God bless you and yours.