THE NEXT STEP IN OUR JOURNEY…

Munira and Nagib at the Max Tanenbaum Roof Garden
on the 16th Floor of The Princess Margaret Hospital, Toronto.

We had our big appointment with Dr. Tiedemann yesterday and it’s ALL GOOD NEWS!

Based on a bone marrow biopsy taken after four chemos, the Lymphoma is in remission.  However, Dr. Tiedemann took one last bone marrow biopsy yesterday (my fourth bone marrow biopsy — ouch, this one hurt!) just to confirm once and for all that the cancer is completely in remission.  We will get results of this biopsy in two weeks.

The chemo treatment for the Lymphoma has significantly reduced the Multiple Myleoma cancer (by 50% for one type of protein, and 90% for the other type of protein).  This was an unexpected and welcome blessing!

I now get a break of two weeks before we start the treatment for Myleoma.  Dr. Tiedemann gave me the okay, over the next two weeks, to:

(a) go to Jamatkhana!

(b) watch movies in theatres – just in time for Batman, The Dark Knight Rises!

and, wait for it…

(c) get on an airplane and fly away on vacation!  Off on that long-awaited vacation to Florida next week! 

On August 1st, 2012, I start the chemotherapy treatment for the myeloma, which consists of 2 to 4 cycles of chemo.  This is a different chemo than the one for the lymphoma and from what I understand, a little less invasive.  Each cycle consists of 4 treatments, once per week, so I will be going to Princess Margaret Hospital every week during the months of August and September.  If required, I may need to go for the remaining two cycles in October and November.

Assuming the Multiple Myeloma goes into remission (after two or four cycles), I will then be a candidate for stem-cell transplantation, which will hopefully keep the myeloma away for a long, long time.  We will cross that bridge when we get to it.

We are about half-way through this journey, and we could not have done this without your prayers, love and support.  With God’s grace and your continued prayers, we will embark on the second phase of this journey to conquer the Myeloma.  Thank you for being with us every step of the way.  We are humbled and sit in gratitude for this blessing. 

Love,
The Premji Family.

62 Comments

  • Anonymous , July 31, 2012

    Dear Munira and family,
    Hope you enjoyed your trip and have a safe trip back to Toronto. I will be in Toronto from the 4th of August till the 23rd so hope to see you inschallah. I often think of you and the way you gave us du’a and how I was feeling peaceful and happy… On 11th of July I became kamadiani of a little jamat in Montreux Switzerland after a lot of hesitaton although our jamatkhana only opens on Friday and Chandraat. When I am in the Jamatkhana I always remember you and hope one day I will be able to give du’as like you, you are unique really and I am happy to hear you are doing well shukhar. What a wonderful family you have and friends etc. it’s because you are such a wonderful person and I really hope to see you again soon.
    Best best regards and hugs to you and family. God bless you and your wonderful family alway. Nazline from Switzerland

  • Rosie, Mebs and Zoe , July 26, 2012

    This is the best news! We are glad to hear of your successes, our prayers remain with the premji family. Have a great vacation you deserve it!

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Hi there! Sun, sand, beach, breeze, stars, palm trees. This is life! Munira

  • Rozina mehdi , July 25, 2012

    U look great. Can’t wait to see u in Jamat Khana. What a beautiful picture. Always keep smiling cause smiles can work miracles.

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Could not agree with you more. Smiles do work miracles! Munira

  • Anonymous , July 24, 2012

    Dear Mukhiani Ma,
    I am so happy to read your great news. We are all inspired by your strength and resilience. I hope you have an incredible holiday.
    Lots of love and prayers for your health,
    tamizan

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Hi Tamizan. How have you been? Would love to catch up with you. We are having an incredible holiday. It’s just so nice to see Nagib so relaxed. The weather is perfect. And I am able to eat! Munira

  • Anonymous , July 24, 2012

    Munira, at last, your vacation! Well done – be sure to have a good time and replenish yourself. You are always in my thoughts and prayers! Hugs, Patti.

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Hugs back Patti! Let’s plan to meet in the hospital in the next couple of weeks. I will let you know what my chemo schedule is once it is confirmed. Miss you and remembering the time we spent at your cottage! Hope you’re having an awesome summer! Munira

  • Anonymous , July 24, 2012

    Enjoy your holiday, you so richly deserve it 🙂

  • Laurent M. , July 24, 2012

    Dear Munira,

    I am very happy for you and your family ! I wish you all the best, enjoy your vacation and recover quickly !

    Kind regards,

    Laurent

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Good advice Laurent! Great to hear from you. Having a great time in Florida! Munira

  • Christen James (Cicero...VFC/TDFS) , July 24, 2012

    This is thrilling news, Munira! Your unwavering positivity and the good vibes from those who love/support you continue to give the results we want to see! Your truly are an inspirtation. Enjoy your well-deserved vacation.

    Christen.

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Hi Christen! Thanks for your encouraging words. I am so enjoying Florida. I can see myself moving here. Now I have to convince my husband! Munira

  • Karen Bongelli (from Insights 2011 @ TDFS) , July 23, 2012

    What an inspiration you & your family are! May the stars shine down upon you in Florida & always.

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Karen. The stars are magnificent and plentiful here. They feel so close. I find that I wish upon the first star I see every night!

  • Pascale , July 23, 2012

    I read each of your words and they are significant for me. I find it difficult to explain to others that I have discovered so much during a similar challenging period of my life as you do. Everything I knew already but not at the level I see them now.
    We are privileged to be part of your journey. You are a wonderful woman.

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      I know what you mean. Sometimes it’s hard to explain what you’re going through to someone who has not shared a similar experience. It is a process of discovery. Love, Munira

  • Rashida Kanji , July 21, 2012

    Wow What great news!! Shukhar Go for that vacation and have a time of your life. You truly deserve it.! Have a superb time! Take care,
    Love & prayers always.

    Hugs,

    Kanji Family

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Havi g a superb time Rashida! I dont want to come back! Munira

  • Begum Janmohamed , July 21, 2012

    Mukhiani Maa

    Its very nice to hear about good news of your health improvement. We pray to Mowla Bapa to bless you with more improvements. We are happy to hear about your vacation with your family and Mowla Bapa give you and your family more strength.

    Begum Janmohamed & family.

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Thanks Begum! Feeling very blessed and grateful. Munira

  • Shehnaz , July 20, 2012

    Mukhiyanimaa,
    So happy to read this.. Sukhar Mowla. May Mowla bless you with long and healthy life.
    Enjoy your vacation!

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Thanks shehnaz! Yeah Florida! Munira

  • Anonymous , July 20, 2012

    This is the best email I have received all year. I am so happy to hear your news and continue to send positive thoughts and prayers your way. You are an inspiration Munira! Enjoy your vacation with your beautiful family!

    Best, Vanessa

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Having a restful and relaxing time in Florida. So happy! Munira

  • Anonymous , July 20, 2012

    Sukur Mowla. May Mowla keep his blessings upon you every moments of your treatment.

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Thank you for your prayers. Munira

  • Isabelle , July 20, 2012

    Ma chère Munira,
    Enjoy every minute of your vacation! I am happy to see that you are doing well.:-)
    Talk to you soon
    Isabelle xx

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Ma chere Isabella. Visualizing your smile which makes me feel very happy! I am so happy to be in Florida. I feel healthy and peaceful. Love you, Munira

  • Anonymous , July 20, 2012

    Stay Strong Munira and enjoy your vacation. I am always thinking of you and wish you the very best.
    Lorraine Walsh

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Lorraine. I think I want move to Florida! Munira

  • vicki cotter , July 20, 2012

    I’m standing in my kitchen, having just read your post on my iPhone while drinking my morning coffee, and feeling incredibly peaceful and grateful. You are a magnificent woman, and I think you are as beautiful without your hair as you were with it. I am humbled by the privilege of sharing this journey with you and your family.

    With love and respect,
    Vicki

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      I am so grateful for your friendship and support Vicki! Hugs, Munira

  • Chantal , July 20, 2012

    SIMPLY HOWWWWWWWW!
    I am so happy for you and your family :)))))))))))) I wish you a marvelous vacation.
    Envoy Munira. You so deserve it.
    Hugs and kisses,
    Chantal

    • Premji Family , July 26, 2012

      Sitting on a balcony on Clearwater beach, watching the waves…!

  • Saira , July 19, 2012

    I was sitting in the front row in JK today and all of a sudden just b4 chandraat tasbih I really missed mukhianima in khane, so I started praying really really hard for her and for mushkil aasaan. May mowla be with you every step of the way on this journey and may he reveal his learnings to you in this process. Bring peace and baraat in your family, amen.

    • Premji Family , July 19, 2012

      I was so touched by your note Saira. I am experiencing, first hand, the power of prayers. Thank you for remembering me today. I felt it… Munira

  • Shamim , July 19, 2012

    That’s great news Munira. We continue to pray for strength within your family. With the positive attitude you will get through with Mawla’s blessing

    Love Imtiaz and Shamim

    • Premji Family , July 19, 2012

      Ya Ali Imi and Shamim – So great to hear from you. Amen to your prayers. Munira

  • Anonymous , July 19, 2012

    Way to go Mukhiani Maa. Just keep on giving us such good news and we will be one big happy family.

    Enjoy your vacation.

    • Premji Family , July 19, 2012

      Thank you for your encouragement. It keeps us going. Munira

  • Mohamed Walimohamed , July 19, 2012

    Farida and I are very happy to learn the good news. Our prayeers are alway with you.
    Love Farida and Mohamed

    • Premji Family , July 19, 2012

      Thank you Wallimohamed Family! We are going to your old stomping groud next week – Florida! Munira

  • Anonymous , July 19, 2012

    Always look forward to reading the blogs, i learn a lot!! Great news…sending you love, hugs, good thoughts and prayers.

    Karim and Shehnaaz Dhanani

    • Premji Family , July 19, 2012

      I accept with gratitude the love, hugs,good thoughts and prayers! Munira

  • Alnasir Samji , July 19, 2012

    Fantastic news. Our continued prayers are with you. Nimet and Alnasir

    • Premji Family , July 19, 2012

      Ya Ali! Lots and lots of Mubaraki on your appointments. We are so thrilled! And please continue to keep us in your prayers. It’s tough having to start treatment all over again starting August. Munira

  • Anonymous , July 19, 2012

    Munira,

    I am so glad that everything worked out in your favor! it is your positive attitude and faith that has got you through this trying period in your life, but you know!! this too shall pass and it will be a thing of the past! I am wishing that you have a wonderful vacation! since you are going to Florida you should stop by in Seattle and come stay at our house, we have a very small jamat khane! and lots of places to visit! it would be a pleasure! please think about it.
    p.s you guys are such a cute couple!

    Saira Nasirdin!

    • Premji Family , July 19, 2012

      What a wonderful, generous offer Saira. We have to meet in person! We’ve been to Seattle once, many years ago. I remember Pike Market…I love when you respond to the blogs. It’s always great to hear from you. When you come to Toronto, you are also welcome to our home and heart. Let’s make it happen! Munira

      • Anonymous , July 20, 2012

        Inshallah I shall visit Toronto sometime soon, i have a lot of family there, i will definetly look you up and come meet you in person! I am always praying for you May Mowla always look after you! You have a fun trip! please know that my offer stands whenever you decide to come to seattle!

  • Anonymous , July 19, 2012

    Mukhianimaa, Shukhar – I am so happy for you and our prayers for your good health and happiness are with your always. Enjoy your vacation with your family.
    Take care and lots of love,
    Anis Kassam

    • Premji Family , July 19, 2012

      We are so looking forward to a bit of a break. This two week break is God-sent! Miss you. Munira

  • Nazim Hirani , July 19, 2012

    Our prayers are and will always be there for your quick recovery and for Premji family’s strength and good health.
    Nazim

    • Premji Family , July 19, 2012

      Thank you so much for keeping us in your prayers. We feel your support. Love, Premji Family

  • Julie , July 19, 2012

    Wonderful news! You sooo deserve that vacation. Hope I get to see you soon.

    • Premji Family , July 19, 2012

      Yeah Florida. I am SO excited! Munira

  • Frank , July 19, 2012

    Thank God. Muni..we continuously pray for your speedy recovery. Enjoy your vacation next week.

    • Premji Family , July 19, 2012

      Thanks Frank! We just booked our flights today. Munira

  • Anonymous , July 19, 2012

    Mukhiani You are an incredibly strong lady. If your travles bring you to Atlanta , do please allow us to entertain you and take you to NW JK here Be well and continue to be strong

    • Premji Family , July 19, 2012

      Wow. What a great offer! I have never been to Atlanta before, but I follow the Atlanta Braves baseball team! The offer stands when you come to Toronto. It would be so good to meet you in person. Munira

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