Tuesday, June 1, 2010

"Have a little faith, there’s magic in the night…"

That one line from Bruce’s Thunder Road says it all. I heard late last week that I am still in a complete molecular remission – no inversion 16 markers for leukemia 2 months in a row following the end of treatment! Not only that, but my blood counts seemed to have recovered too! It would have been awful if I achieved a complete remission only to learn that I had permanently damaged my immune system. So yes, there is magic in the night. And yes, faith deserves a lot of the credit. But so does the power of prayer, a great team of doctors, a big dose of luck, and all of you who have stood by my side.

There’s no way to do a Google search and find research that will tell me how to allocate credit for my good fortune – how much weight to give faith, prayer, medical expertise, luck, an incredible network of loved ones, determination. All I know is that I was fortunate to have all these on my side. I dodged another bullet. No, a cannonball!

Today was my first day back to work in 7 1/2 months. It feels great to return to my pre-leukemia life, and I'm so grateful that I can pick up where I left off. The people at my firm have been amazing to me. Among the many, many things on my list of blessings, they are at the top.

Like Bruce, I believe in faith. I believe in magic. I believe in Better Days:

Every fool’s got a reason for feelin’ sorry
for himself
And turning his heart to stone
Tonight this fool’s halfway to heaven
and just a mile outta hell
And I feel like I’m comin’ home…

These are better days
These are better days it’s true
These are better days
Better days are shining through