Sunday, April 27, 2014

Wishes granted

"If wishes were horses, beggars would ride."

Just over 2 years ago, I blogged about Darlene Grant's video when she was dying of stage IV breast cancer and wanted the FDA to give permission for her to get Perjeta so she might live a little longer. Perjeta was not yet available and she needed special permission to get it.

When I blogged about it, my basis was that she was wishing for things that weren't there. There was no guarantee that it would work. Cancer patients are optimistic about potential treatments because sometimes it comes to grabbing at any straw that comes our way.

But I must say I am absolutely delighted to watch this video this morning. She got Perjeta and she is alive and well today. She has started a non profit to help breast cancer patients.

So while Darlene is clearly riding these days, she is not out of the woods yet. But she did get her wish and she is still here. She will be closely supervised for the rest of her life but looks to count her time in years and not in days as she did in 2012.