After undergoing eighteen months of chemotherapy ending in 2014, which resulted in much success and years of being well managed and free of infusions, my WM flared up again, significantly, in 2019.  This required me to go back into treatment.

After careful review with my life-saving, compassionate, world-class oncologists, Dr. Steven Treon, Director and Dr. Jorge Castillo, Clinical Director of the Bing Center for Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School, I was prescribed the oral agent, IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) for which Dr. Treon won FDA-approval for treatment of WM in 2015.

Now, six years since my last treatment, I am grateful beyond words to take a pill every morning, which has given me one of my best treatment responses ever, since I developed my Waldenstrom’s in 2012. In just twelve weeks on ibrutinib, my IgM dropped by 85 percent! With the freedom of taking a pill, I don’t even feel like a cancer patient anymore!

Especially in this very challenging time of the COVID-19 world pandemic, the continuity of my treatment, at home, with a pill is uninterrupted and keeps me safe from possible COVID exposure that may come with attending a medical infusion facility along with numerous other patients.

It has given me great hope!

HOPE allows you to live every moment and every day to the fullest.

It means being grateful for all the good that we have in our lives, in spite of our challenges with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia. My husband Tony gives me great hope.

Stay safe, stay resilient, stay HOPEFUL .

“Once you choose HOPE, anything is possible!”

Lu Kleppinger
Vienna, VA
June 2020