I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) on February 17, 2015 and, subsequently, spent 56 nights inpatient at St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee being treated by a truly wonderful nursing team on the 12th floor. On July 28, to celebrate my final four-day inpatient chemotherapy treatment session, I biked 19.5 miles from our home in Brookfield, WI to St. Luke's. I felt so good to overcome the bite of ALL and continue to do one of the things I love to do ... Biking.
On Tuesday, September 1, the day before my birthday, I again biked from home to St. Luke's where I was rewarded with the news that my bone marrow biopsy contained "ZERO BLAST"!!! I am now in remission while continuing on a maintenance regimen for the next two to three years.
I am not a hero by any means. I just thought it was a nice personal accomplishment of sorts to bike at this stage of ALL.