Results are in and they are g-r-e-a-t!
BCR-ABL/G6PDH RNA ratio : 0.0087%
BCR-ABL RNA (International scale) : 0.020%
The results read: The international scale(IS) defines a BCR-ABL RNA level of 0.1% as being equivalent to a 3.0 log reduction from a standardized median pre-treatment baseline value. This 0.1% international scale level is, by definition, a 'major molecular response" (MMR) as established in the IRIS study.
Steven had been hovering around the 0.19% (IS) mark for a good many PCR's and now this jump downwards almost at his 4 year anniversary. This is great news, but we are aware that another two PCR results of this type is needed before we really break out the party :)
Funny, it was this time that I was a tad more concerned - or was it nervous, about the results. Steven looked a bit pale lately, but I never really know if its because of the approaching pcr or its results... Maybe it was just me. It definitely seems that way with these results :)
You know how people will tell you to "go to your happy place" when you are stressed out or going through a procedure that hurts... well, waiting is like that - in many ways and on a good few levels 'hurts' too but let me tell you that its almost impossible to 'go to my happy place' during those days. I don't sit around and mope, I don't bite my nails too often anymore while waiting and I dont let the worry take control of me, but I always feel how good it feels when the results are in by comparison to just a minute or three before that.
So much changes as soon as those results come in.....everything looks brighter and ... well - its wonderful. Especially this time! So...... here are some of my 'happy places' I love - just a few.