A quick update on my blood tests. The test for the level of Multiple Myeloma (bone marrow cancer) is by measuring Kappa Light Chains in your blood. Normal is between .3 - 1.94. When I was first diagnosed, my scores were over 1000+. On Thursday June 21, a bit more than 2 months after my diagnosis, the test result with 1.43, in the normal range! The medication and prayers are working!
This weekend we all went down to visit Mike, Lisa and his family in Chicago. Today, Mike and I decided to go to Notre Dame, our Alma Mater while Ria and the kids hung out with Lisa and their kids. I haven't been to Notre Dame since 1991. Wow, have things changed on campus. I didn't recognize half of the place. But, the places that I did remember brought back good memories. The Golden Dome, the Library with Touchdown Jesus, my dorm Morrissey Manor were all places that I would see every day back in 1986-90. But one place that I made sure to spend time at was the Grotto. I made a promise to Mama Mary back in 1990 that I would come back someday. I didn't expect to be coming back to thank Mama Mary for answering all of our prayers and thanking her for the life I've been living since I graduated from the school.
When I was at Notre Dame, I did struggle a bit. I changed majors 5x and still graduated in 4 years but my grades were admittedly not spectacular. However, I would never have had the life I've had if I didn't experience what I did at ND. Because of ND, I went on to work in Germany, in the Philippines and developed my passion to work in International locations which is how I've developed my whole career. Eventually, I ended up at Thunderbird for my Masters degree and in Manila where I met Ria. The rest is history.
Where to go from here? Due to my unexpected illness, we're in the USA, building our lives with Ria and the kids from a new location. Life in the USA is much different from the Philippines but it gives our kids more opportunity to learn and see what I experienced when I was their age. I realized that despite my struggles at ND, I still made the most of all the opportunities that came out. By being now in the USA for now, we'll also make the most of all of the opportunities here!