Wednesday, May 18, 2011


According to my last blood test, I have reached a major milestone in treatment, MMR or Major Molecular Response. What does that mean? Basically it means I have achieved a 3-log reduction in my PCR tests. I see confusion on your faces still.

What is a Log Reduction?
The simplest way to explain a one-log reduction it is to take any interger (say 31) and move the decimal point over one number to the left. So 31 (31.0) becomes 3.1. A two log reduction would make 31 into .31. A 3 log reduction would make 31 into .031.

The goal of treatment is to get to a 3 log reduction from your initial PCR test. I have achieved that. Actually I have achieved greater than a 3 log reduction since my last PCR was .014 and my first PCR was 31.

Whats PCR? Go back and read the blog post titled "I was hungry when I wrote this." See you in threee months!


  1. Glad to see you are still doing well! Just wanted to check in and say hello! Miss you both lots!!

  2. I am glad to read that the treatment is taking good shape on you.It is a tiring and a painful journey but brave hearts like you can surely win it.

  3. I am glad to hear you are getting better, and in due time you will fully recover. I just want to inform you about a walkathon. Teen power 4 life has 2 scheduled walkathons whose goals are to raise cancer and leukemia awareness. 1 in NYC on November 13th, another in Los Angeles on December 4th. If you can't make it to the walkathon register online as cyberwalker. (no commitment to show up but a greet way to support an important cause).

  4. Hi Joe
    My name is Jenna and I came across your site. U are an amazing person, full of courage, strength, determination, bravery and fight. U are a hero. I was born with a rare life threatening disease,and love it when people sign my guestbook.

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