Friday May 13th 2011, 11:00 pm
Filed under: Family, Friends, Leukemia, Me, Myself, and Reid, Music

Ladies and Gentlemen, thank you for all of your kind words of congratulations and encouragement, whether via the Internet, by telephone, in person, by raising your glass, left on the front porch (anonymously), and by any and all other means. You are all truly wonderful friends and I am honored to have you in my life.

Last night at 10:30 MDT, I took my final dose of 6-mercaptopurine, and in doing so, brought my three and a half years on chemotherapy to an end. Before those three and a half years, I spent several months searching for a diagnosis to explain why I was in so much pain, which turned out to be acute lymphoblastic leukemia. All told, I’ve been fighting leukemia nonstop for about four years. And while I’m done fighting leukemia, I’m not quite done getting well yet.

Over the coming months, I will be weaned off the non-chemotherapy support medications I’ve been taking for the past several years. I’ll be undergoing regular tests to check for leukemia blasts, to make sure my immune system is rebuilding itself correctly, and to make sure there’s nothing else concerning happening in my body. None of that comes close to what is now behind me, but it will take me time to heal–it will be awhile before I’m truly healthy and able to fully move on to the rest of my life.

While I’m taking care of getting better, stand up, stretch your legs, go to the lobby and get some snacks. The restrooms are out the main doors to the left. This is the end of Reid Levin: Act II. I don’t know exactly what’s coming in Act III, but I know it will be long (seriously, if you’ve got to go, go now) and I know that it will be a dashing and bold adventure.

I hope you’ll join me for Act III. I can’t wait to see what it holds.


Written while listening to the extremely pertinent “Swim” by Jack’s Mannequin (it was written while the lead singer was fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia).

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Woooooooooooooooooooooo! You are loved!!!!!!!!!!

Comment by Elina Nulman 05.13.11 @ 11:26 pm

Sweet! I do not know what else to say, but that is super sweet. . . Okay it is also bodacious.

Comment by Adam 05.18.11 @ 1:30 pm

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