Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Molecular Remission!

Hi everyone!

I have been super busy and have done a very poor job in updating this blog! That’s why I have Jenifer…. But she has been super busy as well! With us moving to Scottsdale, going to Puerto Rico next week and getting married in November- you’d think we have enough time to update our blog! 

Good news! I reached BCRU on February 23, 2011! What does this mean? Nothing really, just that 100% of the cancer has left my body! The bad news is that I will have to continue taking chemo for the rest of my life until they find a cure! Oh well, at least it’s out!

Anyway, sorry this is short and sweet, have to get back to work!

Love you all!


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Test back... All good!

Ok, so I got my test redone and it came back as still going down. Not sure why the hiccup but at least I don’t have to try a new chemo! I will get re-tested in December and hopefully I will be close to molecular remission!

Thanks everyone for your support!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Interesting News....

Hi everyone!

I need to do a better job updating my blog. My life has been pretty busy and when you add to that my quality of life from the meds I take, it makes it rather hard to find the time to update! That said, I received some interesting news yesterday. Not sure what this means yet but I will keep you posted.

Yesterday I received a call from my doctors at Holy Cross. They told me that the results from my last PCR ABL test came back (that’s the test that is used to determine the amount of cancer left in my body). My results have gone up not down like they have for the last four tests I have taken. This means that it could have been a false positive OR- my chemo is not working anymore. The doctors have requested that I wait another two more weeks and then go get tested again. This will validate what the issue is. If it goes up again, Gleevec has stopped working. If it goes down then the test was wrong and all is good.

I have talked to some of my friends at CML2 and they tell me that if my chemo has stopped working then they will most likely try another drug. Hopefully the new drug will kill the cancer and I can get into Molecular Remission. If the new chemo does not work. I may need to have a BMT (Bone Marrow Transplant). I don’t wish that upon anyone. If you’re interested in finding out what a BMT is, Google it. It’s not a fun stay at the hospital!

Hopefully the test was wrong and I can continue with the chemo. I’ll even settle for a new chemo with new side effects.  Thanks everyone for your continued support! I will updated everyone after I get the results back. I will re-take the test the week of September 13th.

Ryan Romero

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Same Old....

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while since I have posted on here. We just got back from our vacation and with work I have been super busy!

Nothing new with the meds. I am still taking my chemo every day. The side effects are the same which makes life challenging some days.

I received my latest BCR ABL test back which showed another log reduction. This means the chemo is working and the cancer is leaving my body! My doctor tells me that I may be in molecular remission by November/December. At which point the cancer will be out of my blood, and the challenge will now be how to keep it out? I will be seeing my regular doctor in a few weeks to get my blood sugar tested.... More to come on that!

That’s all for now! Thanks for all of your support!

Friday, April 30, 2010


Hi everyone!

I went to see my doctors last week. They took another PCR ABL test in which I get the results in the next two weeks. Jenifer and I are now engaged! We are preparing for our trip to Hawaii in June! I will update my post when I get the results back!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Nothing New.....

Hi everyone!

Man this blog is getting big! I cannot believe how many followers I have now! Thank you all for your continued prayers and support.

Right now it is a waiting game…. I will try and post at least once a month unless I get some news. Right now I have appointments with my doctors every four weeks. Each time is about the same. They take my blood and check all of my internal organs to make sure the chemo is not damaging them.

My quality of life is not the best right now but I continue to tell myself it could be worse! The side effects from Gleevec are sometimes unbearable but it’s much better than having radiation every week!

Other than the side effects I am doing well. Jenifer and I are going to Hawaii for 10 days in June. This will be a nice break for us!

I will continue to update the blog. Thanks again for all of the wonderful support!

Love you all,

P.S I just got a new shipment of bracelets in. If you want any please click the link to the right of the homepage. 100% of proceeds go to my foundation Shoot for the Cure- Partnering with The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Good news!

Hi everyone!

Great news today! I received the results of my latest PCR ABL test. My first one showed 126% on 12.12.09. I was retested on 02.05.10 and my result is 31.71%! I've been told this big of a jump is normal. The long stretch is coming now. The log reductions from 30% to 0% should take about a year. Once I hit 0% I will be in molecular remission.

When I hit 0% the cancer is out of my body. Unfortunately I will have to be on chemo the rest of my life or until they find another cure because my marrow will continue to produce cancerous cells. I'm ok with that!

This means all of the crappy side effects are actually worth it!

Love you all!