In January 2004 I went in for my annual physical and a week later Dr. Melton called me in to review the results. He said my IGM protein was off the chart and I needed to talk to an Oncologist. I made an appointment and on January 13, 2004 I met with Dr. Ron Kerr at Medical City. Dr. Kerr started doing tests. He said we needed to do a bone marrow biopsy aspiration. I asked him about it and when we could do it. He said any time. I told him, “let’s git ‘er done”. I did not know until later that they sometimes sedate you and perform the biopsy in a hospital. He did the bone marrow aspiration and found cancer cells. He said I was not at the stage for treatment but we would do what they referred to as watch and wait for a while. I had a cancer they referred to as MGUS. (Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance) How is that for a mouth full!
This was a shock! I had always been so healthy and cancer is something you do not want to have. Charlotte and I prayed about it and decided we were going to make the best of it and continue our lives as usual, turning it all over to God as we had done crises in the past. So here we go again, steady on. We would continue to “watch and wait” until December 2005.