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David Kochel, top Bush official, announces cancer is in remission

David Kochel

David Kochel

David Kochel

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David Kochel, a top campaign strategist to Jeb Bush, is in remission. He announced the news Friday.

Tests came back today from the bone marrow aspiration, and Dr. Ravandi confirms that my leukemia is in remission.

All of this was expected, but incredibly welcome news. My blast cells measured below 1%, my CT scans were clear, and everything is headed exactly in the right direction for a win. Still a long road of treatment ahead, but a huge milestone is now passed.

Settling in now for round two of chemo. I checked in to the hospital at MD Anderson earlier this afternoon and am currently awaiting the start of methotrexate, which will go on for 24 straight hours. Then I get cytarabine every 12 hours, and a few other things over the next four or five days. I'm told it's tough but that just makes me happy because a) I'm tougher than whatever chemo has to offer, and b) the tougher the better as far as the disease is concerned. I really don't care how bad these are, in fact I do look at it as a challenge and an opportunity to guarantee that I won't be back here again when all of these treatments are done. It's strange to write this, but I think I was specially built to take this on, physically and emotionally.

The plan now is to head back to Iowa between treatments. I was prepared to do whatever/wherever/whenever, but the doctor isn't concerned about anything, and I believe the support network in Iowa will help me stay on track in important ways.

[Last modified: Saturday, October 31, 2015 4:16pm]

    

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