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Boston, April 15th, 2013

Posted by Frederick Wasti
Apr 18 2013

This past Monday, 4/15, we were in Boston for a "routine Campath day" at the Dana-Farber, but it was to become far from a "routine day" for Boston, however. While Patriots Day made for very light traffic for our travels, both coming into and leaving the city (since our route was far enough away from Fenway Park traffic and the Boston Marathon traffic and street restrictions), it was to be a tragic day for Boston due to the callous and cowardly bomb attacks near the Boston Marathon finish line.

Since then, of course, we (as have been many, many other people) been on an emotional roller-coaster ride, both because of the death and maiming of innocent people from the bombings themselves, and because of the often irresponsible coverage by the news media of the search for the perpetrator(s). As people who have spent nearly all of our lives in the greater Boston area (as is generally true for most or all of the readers of this blog), we felt personally attacked, but we also felt pride for the human and superhuman response to the attacks by the untrained civilians and trained first responders who leaped into action at the scene, and for the excellent medical care that continues to be administered to many of the victims by the best medical people at the best hospitals in the world.

Boston IS, after all, The HUB of the Entire Universe.

May the victims - and the families and friends of the victims - of the tragic events of this past Monday find healing and peace.

Despite the trauma in Boston that began mid-afternoon on Monday, we had already reached home before the tragedy unfolded. For us, until we began to learn what had happened in Boston on Monday afternoon, it had been an otherwise "routine day" at the D-F, but it has been far from routine since. I will say here briefly, for the sake of the few interested readers of this blog, that all of my numbers remain right where they ought to be, and that I continue to benefit from (and presumably remain in MRD status during) Part C of my clinical trial. I will soon be publishing an entry about the significance of MRD (Minimal Residual Disease) - about what it really means (and what it doesn't necessarily mean). Please do stay tuned...

Categories: General, Leukemia