Today was the last day of chemotherapy for me.  I have now finished the 12-month post-transplant clinical trial of azacitidine.  It is a tradition at M.D. Anderson to ring a bell on your last day of  chemotherapy or radiation.  The tradition was introduced at MD Anderson in 1996 when a Navy Seal, U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Irve Le Moyne, a patient with head and neck cancer, installed a brass bell at the main campus.  The plaque he donated along with the bell reads as follows:

Ring this bell
Three times well
Its toll to clearly say,

My treatment’s done
This course is run
And I am on my way!

— Irve Le Moyne

Many thanks to my beautiful wife, Mary Pat, my brother, Mark LaGarde, my leukemia doctor, Hagop Kantarjian, my stem cell transplant doctor, Richard Champlin, my P.A., Tobi Fisher, the dozens of nurses at M.D. Anderson who have helped me when I really needed help, and the many thousands of patients around the world who have volunteered for the clinical trials that have resulted in new drugs and treatments for leukemia.

Onward and upward!

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