Sunday, August 17, 2014

3 Blissful Years

J and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary this past week.

Awwww, I know. Huzzah for us!

Coincidentally, I had to reschedule my 3 month labs and follow-up appointment with Dr. R due to conflicts, and it happened to fall right around our anniversary. I decided since we had plans to be in and around Boston for the day to celebrate our anniversary, it would be logistically logical to schedule my labs and 24 hour urine drop off sometime during that day. So, our Anniversary Day schedule was as follows: 11:30 brunch, 2:00 blood work and 24 hour urine drop off, time around Boston and then a nice dinner at Top of the Hub to watch the sunset.

Best laid plans right? This plan all sounded well and jolly but then I realized...from 11:30-2:00 is quite a bit of time! We'd be carting around the jugs between the time when we left our house, arrived at brunch, ate brunch, and then went on to Dana-Farber.

Our conversation during brunch went something like this, as I started to visualize what might be happening in our hot car:

Do you think the jugs are doing okay in the car?
Do you think there is enough ice packs in the cooler?
Do you think the urine is cold enough?
Do you think we need to bring the jugs in here?

Nothing says romance like discussing jugs of pee over brunch, eh?

Luckily, the jugs were fine. Nice and chilled. And, on a side note, it's recently come to my attention that not all labs require 24 hour urines to be cold. MD Anderson's lab for example: no refrigeration necessary. Wow. Well, that must be nice!

Overall, a very nice day to celebrate. Blood work, jug drop off and all.

A little overcast, but we'll take it. :)

When J and I got married, instead of giving out traditional wedding favors we decided that we wanted to make a donation to something close to our hearts in honor of our wedding guests. We decided that we would donate to Dana-Farber not really because I was a patient there, but because we know many friends and family who have been patients there. We were married in 2011, almost 2 years into my initial "no big deal" MGUS diagnosis. Little did we know how much time we would be spending there during our first few years of our marriage since I was reclassified to SMM before our first wedding anniversary. We've continued to make a donation on our anniversary every year since our wedding in 2011.

Wedding Favor <3

That being said, because we are somewhat recurrent "donors" we receive a Dana-Farber magazine called Impact. In the summer edition of Impact there is an article called, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society grants delve deeper into biology of blood cancers, broaden access to clinical trials. This part of the article was really interesting to me:

New funding from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society 
(LLS), a longtime supporter of Dana-Farber, will allow 
investigators to make inroads into the biology of blood 
cancers and move research findings from the laboratory to 
the clinic to benefit patients around the world. LLS recently 
awarded eight grants to Dana-Farber researchers, totaling 
more than $8.5 million.

Irene Ghobrial, MD, received a five-year Specialized 
Center of Research (SCOR) grant to identify the precursor 
stages of blood cancers and attempt to delay or thwart their 
progression to malignancy. She and her colleagues will 
study how blood cancers evolve over time and how disease 
progression occurs during the transformation from precursor 
states to full-blown cancer. In addition, physicians will see 
patients in the early stages of disease, including acute myeloid 
leukemia (AML), myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and 
multiple myeloma (MM), in a new Hematologic Malignancy 
Precursor Clinic.

“Understanding the clonal evolution of certain 
hematological malignancies from early- to late-stage 
disease will pave the way for defining new treatments for 
early-stage blood disorders and provide further insight into 
the treatment of AML and MM,” said LLS Chief Scientific 
Officer Lee Greenberger, PhD.

Sounds like good research to me!