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    Celebration (Breakthrough): God continues to bless me. Revlimid and Decadron is starting to work on the cancer. My Abn Protein Band (M-Spike) went from 4.1 (Oct 25) to 3.9 (Nov 23) to 2.4 (Dec 12). To make sure my body is ready for the 25mg of Revlimid again since having pneumonia, I just started alternating 25 mg and 15 mg of Revlimid every other day. (ex: Mon - 25mg, Tues - 15 mg, Wed 25 mg, . . . ). Revlimid is taken 21 days then off 7 days before starting over again. Currently, I am taking 40 mg of Decadron one day a week including the off week. I am looking forward to another big protein drop when the next protein check is done.

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    Loss (Energy and independence ): My biggest loss has been in the form of energy and independence. I do not have anywhere near the amount of energy I had before cancer. I find that I can do something for just a little bit then I have to stop and rest for long time. Also, I have to ask for help doing some things that before I did independently.

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    Celebration (Family): I celebrate God and having a supportive husband, children, parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends, co-workers, doctors, nurses, acquaintances, and strangers. Sometimes, I forget for a moment that I have cancer because of the support that God has blessed me with.

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    Side Effects (Anemia (low red blood cell counts)): I have had several side effects but the most severe has been anemia. I have received as of date 34 units of blood and about 10 units of platelets. Since I have received so much blood I have picked up two antigens, therefore; it takes about 16-24 hours to match my blood.

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    Clinical Trial: The Thalidomide worked for a while then the dosage was increased. The new dosage of Thalidomide 200mg worked for a long time until just the last 3 months. When it quit working, I stayed off all cancer drugs except the dexamethasone (love/hate it) for about a month and a half. I started 25 mg of Revlimid with the dexamethasone at the end of August 2011. Revlimid made a big drop in the protein but by mid September I spent a week in the hospital with pneumonia. Fighting pneumonia has been difficult. I did not realize how much pneumonia would take out of me. The doctor has put me out of work from September until January. After coming out of the hospital, the Revlimid dosage was decreased to 15mg. Next week, labs will be drawn to see if the 15mg of Revlimid are making a difference.