It seems like this has been a long time coming. Tomorrow I enter the hospital to, basically, get a new immune system. The plan is that it is an immune system that operates normally instead of attacking me.
This first stage is to pull a few million stem cells from my bone marrow. The old way was to aspirate them with a long needle. The new way is to utilize chemotherapy and other drugs to encourage the stem cells to enter the blood stream and then harvest them in a process that will take a couple of weeks. Certainly a new adventure for me.