Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Light Chains

I have just ended my 3 month self prescribed period of denial. A powerful ally. You got a problem, just deny it exists and poof, its gone. Simple as that. I'm no shrink, but it works pretty well for a lot of folks. Ever listen to a climate change debate?

So not unlike the climate change deniers, my plasma cells have morphed their stance to fit the current climate. They got pissed at the drugs screwing with their climate and developed a new found fetish for light chains. No more classic M-spike, no more mild mannered reporting. The only way to see what's up is to give them a "free light test". My highly technical understanding is: if you give someone something they have a fetish for they get all excited and light up. So when you offer them free lights apparently they turn on all the light chains so you can see them. It's called light chain disease.

I'm not sure what that means in terms of life and death, but I'm pissed off. I wanted a full decade of denial, or at least a year. I didn't even get 3 full months! There are 10 times as many light chains now as there was 3 months ago. So I'm shopping for a clinical trial with my oncologist. I'll let you know in a couple weeks what we decide to buy.

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