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Remission: A Dewey Defeats Truman Moment

June 6, 2014

It’s the photo every newspaper photographer dreams about, a moment in time that will be his legacy.

That’s what Eugene Smith had when he shot the famous photo of Harry Truman holding up a copy of the Chicago Tribune declaring his opponent, Thomas Dewey, victor in the 1948 presidential election.

The Tribune, in an effort to get the story out first, hadn’t waited for all the results to be tallied, particularly California, generally seen as a lock for Republicans.  As a result, gaffe would haunt the newspaper for years.

That’s kind of what happened yesterday when I got word my bone marrow scan was empty.  Four nurses came into the room with Renee on speakerphone to give me the news.  I was pretty wiped out, but distinctly remember one of the nurses using the word remission.

Not so.  Upon my visit with Dr. Miletello yesterday he cleared up any and all confusion.  First, there will not be another bone marrow extraction.  Between now and June 20 blood tests will determine whether the marrow, once re-kick-started, is producing either healthy cells, or goes right back to producing cancerous, immature blast cells.  If it’s the latter, the chemo process starts all over again.

It’s not what I’d plan to write about tonight, but so many of you have called, texted and emailed me your best wishes, I felt the need to clear things up.  The get-well cards delivered to the room really make my day.  Thanks to AgLeadership Class 8 for the candy and other goodies.  I’m doing my best to sample a bit of everything that shows up at the door and that’s a lot.


4 Comments leave one →
  1. John Walter permalink
    June 6, 2014 5:22 pm

    It sounds like more waiting and praying. That must be almost as hard as the chemo. Best of luck. You have my prayers.

  2. June 6, 2014 7:19 pm

    Hang in there Mike, you can do this.

  3. Jayne Barrilleaux Verret permalink
    June 6, 2014 8:49 pm

    Continuing to pray … sending positive thoughts 🙂

  4. Fran Chisum permalink
    June 20, 2014 7:19 am

    Praying for you…

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