The doctors came by for morning rounds and told me they didn't have results yet, and that the pathologist had said it will be tomorrow morning. In the meantime, they've decided to schedule me for a CT scan to see if they can find a reason for the fever I've been running off and on for the past two days.
A few minutes ago Dr. Medlin walked in, looked at me and said, "Your results are in. There's no sign of leukemia. You're completely clear." It was one of those moments where your life changes in a sentence. I just started crying and asked him, "So you mean I'm in remission?" "Yes, you're in remission!" I cannot, cannot express to you the joy we are feeling. I don't think we've stopped crying yet. God is so good to me! Truly He knows the plans He has for me, for us. Thank you, THANK YOU, for your prayers. God is the ultimate healer, and I give Him all the glory.
For now I will remain in the hospital because I am still neutropenic. The doctor said to expect to be here for at least two more weeks. In the meantime they will do everything in their power to keep me healthy. The doctor expressed to me that having a clear biopsy is kind of just the first step in a process. I'm not completely "out of the woods" so to speak, because an illness at this point could be deadly. The CT scan is going to specifically check for fungal growth in my body, and they will probably add an anti-fungal medication to the antibiotics I'm already receiving. AML also has a very high recurrence rate, so it will years of monitoring, as well as follow-up treatments. If I am able to stay cancer free for five years they will consider me as close to cured as possible.
"Then Job answered the Lord and said: I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted." Job 42:1-2
Shout it from the housetops -- to God all praise and glory!