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Monday, June 10, 2002

Just a quick note to let you know that Alex's spinal tap results came back today and the white cells in her spinal fluid are not Leukemia cells. <phew!> Still don't have the results of the bone marrow cytogenetics, so we're not out of the woods yet, but so far everything is looking good. Praying this is the last scare we have for awhile. - Todd

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Friday June 7, 2002

Hi Everyone,

Alex & CharisseThis is going to be a rather short update. First we want to introduce everyone to Charisse, our new niece and Alex's cousin. Charisse is the daughter of Andrea's sister Wendy and her husband Ray. As you can see Alex is really happy to not be the youngest any more!

Alex had her battery of monthly tests today and for the most part everything came back good. Her CT scan showed no recurrence of the Leukemic tumor behind her eye, her blood counts were perfect and her bone marrow aspirate was clean. Only troublesome result was from her spinal tap, where they found three white cells in her spinal fluid. This may or may not mean that she is relapsing in her spinal fluid.

Since her relapse Alex has had 1 white cell in her spinal fluid which is normal. In fact it takes 5 white cells in the spinal fluid for it to be considered a relapse. Still we're concerned since the white cell count is slightly higher than usual. They are running cytogenetics tests on the spinal tap to see if the white cells are Leukemic. If they are Alex will once again have to begin IT (interthecal) chemotherapy which thankfully has few if any symptoms. The downside is that once you relapse in the spinal fluid, it's usually only a matter of time before you relapse in the bone marrow. Last time it was only four months between relapse in the spinal fluid and relapse in the bone marrow.

We won't know the results of the cytogenetics until sometime next week. I'll post the results as soon as we receive them. In the meantime all we can do is hold our breath and pray. Not ready to go back into battle again this soon.

Thanks again to all of you for 3 1/2 years of love, support and prayers. 


Todd, Andrea and Alex



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