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So yesterday, we finally made the long trip to the University of Chicago and met with Dr. Sonali Smith for a second opinion. Dr. Smith is one of the leading experts on lymphoma in the world and the timing in meeting her was providential and perfect because she was able to make a more complete and accurate diagnosis with the benefit of having the full blood work and PET scan available for her review and we were able to miraculously get in to see her before Kim's 2nd round of chemo.
She is an acclaimed research doctor with excellent bedside manners and despite her brilliance has a way of explaining things in “layman” terms. She was also very up-front about all the potential risks and pitfalls we might be facing. While, to be truthful, some of it was hard to hear – we appreciated her honest approach and her over-arching desire not to just “treat” the disease and beat it into remission, but to cure it, so that it might never appear again in Kim’s lifetime. (It’s not until 5 years after treatment in which the cancer does not reappear that she is officially declared to be “cured” – so this is a long road regardless of remission)