I'm an outlier. Of all the patients diagnosed in 1990 with Stage III follicular lymphoma, I'm one of a small minority who are still kickin'. Why me?
Today I am not asking "What in the grand plan of the divine explains my extraordinary survivorship?" Rather, I'm asking "What is it about my physical body and/or my particular cancer that I've had a much-better-than-average response to the treatments?"
The idea seems so obvious: Researchers should look at the long-term survivors and find out what they have in common. Maybe doing so will uncover things that can help other patients. Maybe we can find out how to make my extraordinary survival the norm for people with my type of cancer.
Unfortunately, finding out why something works is not as easy as it might sound.
Still, I'm going to make a list of things about me that might be useful to send to my oncologists. Who knows? It may help someone one day.