Tuesday, July 17, 2012

coming on 5 years

Next month will mark five years since my second and last transplant and this September will begin my fourth year teaching.  Incredible.  (Not to mention this past May was my ten-year college reunion!)

I had my annual PET scan, which showed no evidence of disease, about two weeks ago.  With regard to Hodgkin's Lymphoma, my doctor doesn't think that it will return.  He has mentioned this to me  at least once before.  I agree.  I am not overly concerned about it returning although I must admit that I do - though rarely - think about the risk of a secondary cancer and/or toxicity to my vital organs like the liver.  I continue to take a daily cocktail of meds of which the immunosuppressive, Tacrolimus, remains the most important.   He told me that for now my dosages will remain the same.  Meddling in the tricky art of tapering isn't on his agenda right now.  I have suffered twice from previous attempts to lower my Tacro level.  There is no active GvHD.  All is quiet.  Let sleeping dogs lie.

And I return to teaching middle school social studies and current events after Labor Day.  Three years have passed since this journey began.  Three years feeling liberated from the bubble of post-recovery.  This summer I'm taking one course towards my master's program.  I had planned to take two, but I think it's working out better this way.  One is enough.

Aside from this one course, I have a small number of projects that I'm working on.  First, I'm working on a new website portfolio to display my photographic work.  It's my hope to have it up by the end of the summer.  At the same time, I continue to go on shoots around the city.  The Harlem River and its bridges continues to draw me to its shores.  Thirdly, I have a bit of preparatory work I need to do with regard to the upcoming school year.   And finally, I'm trying to get back in shape and give my body and mind the kind of rest that - at times - I haven't been very good at offering.

I want to thank all of you for your continued interest and support during this remarkable voyage.  While I don't blog as often as I used to I'm still here pushing forward grateful for all your love.

Wishing you all a fruitful summer! 


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