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Thursday, 05 November 2009 | Morris Plains, NJ
Dr. Druker, Thank you so much for giving my husband his life!! It has been almost 3 years since he was diagnosed at the age of 49. It was a terrible time when we found out, we have three kids and two were in college. I can't imagine how our lives would be today without your hard work and dedication to this drug. You are truly an incrediable individual and our family is forever grateful. Joey
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 | UK
Thank you so much for your time and expertise in helping to progress the treatment of CML. I was diagnosed on 9/9/09 and I appreciate how lucky I am to have Imatinib.
YOU ARE A GOD!
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 | nashville, tn.
:cool: dear dr.d--congrats on the cool prize--could the nobel be far behind?(you're probably a little young yet!) thanks...bf
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 | Aurora, CO
Thank you Dr Druker! There aren't any words that can help me express how grateful I am to you for your hard work and dedication in developing Glivec. You are a rare human being and deserve every reward that you have received or will receive.
Wednesday, 04 November 2009 | Barnegat, N.J.
Dear Dr.Druker: We have all been blessed to have you in our life, and to work so hard toward a cure for CML.
Its 11 years for me since diagnosis, and God Willing I hope to still be here when that cure is found.
God Bless You for all your work as well as all the compassion that you show to all of us. Your always there to answer any questions we might have.
Jo-Dee S. McKibben
Tuesday, 27 October 2009 | Tippecanoe, Ohio
Dear Dr. Druker!!
I am so thankful for you. I have been on Gleevec, 400mg, for 21 months and I have no leukemia in my blood!!! My number is .000.
May the Lord bless you always,
Monday, 28 September 2009
Thank you for extending so many people lives.
It is "Godliness" to give extend and give life and you have done that.
Phyllis S. Tucker
Wednesday, 02 September 2009
On Easter Sunday 2001, you called me personally, on the telephone,to my amazement, to offer encouragement to "Hold On". I was very ill. You told me Gleevec was being sent for FDA approval. I asked you why you were not at home with your family. You said CML patitents are my family!
I think of you every day . I don't even think about having CML, except with a smile as I take your medication. I agree with my oncologist that you have earned a Noble prize.
I have done so many things in the time you have given me. Thank You
Thursday, 16 July 2009
dear dr druker,
i am a cml patient in england, diagnosed in 2006 and because of you and your research etc. have been able to take gleevic which has virtually returned my life to near normal. i am so grateful to you for giving me a chance to live ... see my family grow ... love my husband ... my heart is bursting with thanks to you and your team ... god bless you all xx
Thursday, 11 June 2009
Thank you so much for your work with CML, I was diagnosed at age 50. Its been 3 yrs and at the time I was diagnosed, it was very scary times. Look forward to new generations of meds and look forward to many more years.
Wednesday, 06 May 2009
Dr. Druker-Thank you for giving me another Mother's Day.
Saturday, 02 May 2009
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! You are a blessing to all of us that have been touched by CML.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Thank you Dr. Druker for your reassuring words & full explanations. You have been the only doctor to explain to me exactly what my 11 year old son will have to deal with for the rest of his life. I'm grateful that you treat my son & that his blood is reviewed in your lab. Thank you for all the attention you (and Carolyn) have provided to my son and me during this difficult time in our lives. My son wants to be a scientist now. Maybe one day he will work in your lab. We respect you so much.
Penny Van Curler Singleton
Friday, 09 January 2009
Thank you Doctor Drucker-
for the years I've been able to spend with my
husband, for making it possable to
attend my son's wedding, for the
Christmas's and birthdays with family
and friends, but most of all thank you
for my life.
I should thak my Oncologist Stephony Hodson
Boise, Idaho....she rocks!
Friday, 28 November 2008
I am so thankful for Gleevec. Thank You 1,000 times and more for your hard work in inventing Gleevec,a miracle drug for Leukemia victims.My husband was diagnosed with CML in Jan.2008.For 10 months tha V.A. supplied him with Gleevec 400mgs. two times a day.Several weeks ago, we received a letter denying him Gleevec.They claimed our yearly income is too much, so he does'nt qualify anymore.Now, we will have to pay $1, 364.00.00, a month,instead of $8.00 co-pay. I am pleading with you to please help us find a way to get financial assistance.Leukemia Society is helping us, however, it's just not enough! My husband is doing well and feels good. Our family is so greatful for Gleevec.It has given so many people hope for these dreaded blood cancers.Why is this life saving drug so expensive? Most average families just can't afford this medication. There must be a way to purchase this Gleevec at a reasonable cost to the patient! Afterall,their lives depend on this drug. God Bless You,
Brian Christopher Betcher
Wednesday, 05 November 2008
Dr. Druker, I hope to God you read this. Because you've changed the lives of so many people, of so many that would NOT have had hope without your dedication. You rule. You're work is the work of a true angel on this Earth. God bless you, may he bring you every flippin joy you want, whatever it is. Anyways, here's my story....
Generally a nice guy, a portly Irish German Jersey gent of 5'8" and about 3 tons, I'm a product of years of working out a great deal and eating all the wrong foods a great deal MORE, so I'm kinda like a miniature Offensive Lineman. Can't help it, as I have a zest to enjoy everything I can, and now that I've been diagnosed, I kinda know why God put me into this mindset early on, because in all truth after being a complete introvert in my youth, I have loved to live life to its fullest, eating, drinking and being merry with a band of high school friends that any person on this planet would treasure as being tantamount to a pantheon of guardian angels. Again, a notorious nerd, I graduated from the prestigious High Technology High School in Lincroft, NJ (ranked among the top 10 in the country this past year), and graduated with a 3.93 GPA from the Pennsylvania State University in May of 2000, earning a B.S. Degree in Psychology. I met my girlfriend, Cory, in 2001, and we've been together ever since. We JUST bought our first house, which was actually my grandparents' home, as my grandmother kindly sold it to me in the fashion of an heirloom as she has moved on to an assisted living facility 4 years after the passing of my grandfather.
After a strenuous session on a treadmill in February of 2007, my chest was hurting me quite a bit, and I expected that the onset of heart disease was coming, so, never a fan of Dr.'s offices, I realized I need to suck it up and go and get some blood work done. My regular Dr.'s office called me afterwards and stated my WBC count was very high (137,000) and referred me to go and see a Dr. Wallach. A quick WebMD search on high WBC counts tipped me off to the awful realization of what I was contending with. I met with Dr. Wallach, was told life changing news, and proceeded to have a needle rammed into my Hip Bone all in the same day. Probably in the top 3 worst days of my life; I don't think that waiting room was ever the same after hearing me scream. Dr. Wallach had me meet with Dr. Goldberg at Hackensack University Medical Center, who gave a very reasonable and to the point assessment of my situation and explained the history of the development of Gleevec along with the successes of its treatment. So we were encouraged. I began treatment, and had a strong hematological response within 2 weeks (going from 145,000 to 96,000). The next week it was at (27,000), then it was normal, and has stayed as such since. At 12 months, I had another Bone Marrow Aspiration (much better this time around, bit more PREPARED), and it showed it was working well, just kinda slowly. They bumped the dosage to 800 mg a day. Just this past month, I had my third BMB, and the marrow looks normal and my BCRAbl results are at 0.002, and now I met Zavie via email, and here I am.
I'm a huge New York Giants fan, and I try to remember how dismal it looked for us late in the 4th quarter of Super Bowl XLII against the Patriots, and how the Giants, facing such a strong opponent, never, ever gave up hope and just kept fighting, how Eli Manning kept pumping his legs with 3 hands on his jersey and kept FIGHTING, and then aired it out to David Tyree who had to catch the ball on his helmet BUT WOULD NOT LET GO. Its the perfect example of how if you have heart, you can beat even seemingly insurmountable odds. And if they didn't give up, I won't (or at least I'll try my best not to.)
Tuesday, 21 October 2008
Hi Dr Drucker,
I was diagnosed with CML in October 2008, here in the UK I an fortunate to have one of the best Haemotologists Dr N Blesing looking after me, it is one thing to be told you have leukaemia, but a lift when your told there is good news " Glivec Imatinib" which is had a profound effect in 3 weeks, I wish I could shake your hand for giving us the opportunity of a future
in your case the nobel prize for medicine marvels
Sunday, 14 September 2008
Thanks so much for giving my old darling (79) many more years. It seems so totally inadequate to just say thanks, but be assured our gratitude is immense.
Thursday, 08 May 2008
Thanks doc for continuing on with STI when Novartis discouraged you.
Tuesday, 19 February 2008
Dear Dr Druker,
I am so fortunate to live in this time to be able to benefit from your wonderful drug. I was diagnosed in July 2007 and started Glivec on the 27/9/07. In January I had my first PCR since dx and already have a 2.6 log reduction.
Thank you very much for your expertise and persistance to get this wonder drug marketted and saved my life.
Cheers Linda from Australia
Monday, 11 February 2008
Thank you very much for being concerned about the CML community. I was diagnosed with CML on June 12, 2007. Having taken Gleevec since June 27, 2007 I just received my first BCR/ABL negative FISH result. Because of your research and desire to cure, you have provided opportunity for thousands diagnosed with this disease. Thank you, and please know that we appreciate your hard work. My wife, and young son also thank you. They need me around and with Gleevec that is happening.
Monday, 04 February 2008
To be a Father...
Dear Doctor Druker,
My name is Stephen Vail and I was diagnosed with CML on July 10th of 2006. I was scared. I was 26 at the time, and had my whole life ahead of me. My family rushed to my side and did thier best to comfort me. The first week in the ICU was a struggle. I was extremely ill, and went through numerous proceedures to contril my white blood cell count. Though I was able to handle the severity of my situation, there was one aspect I was not prepared to accept. a little background...
My Father passed when I was 3 weeks old. I have the most fantastic Mother who served as both parents through my childhood. However, one cannot underestimate the importance of having that male influence. On my 7th birthday my mother remarried and went on to have 5 more children. 7 in all including me and my older sister. Growing up with them and experiencing the joy of growth and learning it became clear to me the reason I was put here on Earth. I was to be everything that I missed in my childhood. I was to be the best Father that I could ever be.
I was terrified that is some cruel twist of fate, I was going to be denied the one opportunity that I believed was my destiny.
That is where you and your team come in. I was placed on steady regimine of Gleevec, and I my health continues to improve.
I am very proud to say that Anthony is 7 months old and the most beautiful child I have ever laid eyes upon (ok, maybe I'm a little biased). You have given me something more precious than I have ever experienced in 27 years on this planet.
You have given me the ability to have a catch with my son.
For that I will be eternally grateful.
The best to you and yours as you have providded that for me,
Wednesday, 26 December 2007
With deep gratitude.
Son, brother, husband and father
Wednesday, 19 December 2007
Dear Dr. Druker, my name is Imola and i've received a CML diagnosis in half September 2006. In the hematologic center led by Dr. Maria Cantonetti I have been cured with Glivec and after a series of investigations are coming to know who was the father of this discovery. His time is valuable because it uses this to find a way to save many people, however, if will also have a moment to read these rows, it would the most beautiful Christmas gift I ever received.
Sunday, 04 March 2007
Thankyou Dr. Druker for this miricale drug.
I was first diagnosed with cml in 1992 and had a sibling bone marrow transplant in 1993. I had 10 years of remission, but unfortunately relapsed in 2003. The news was devastating until I began Glivec(the Australian spelling). I have been taking Glivec now for 2 1/2 years and have had great results, I now have 100% donor marrow again and last pcr was 0.07. I have recently increased the glivec dose to 600mg from 400 in the hope that this will completely remove cml. I have very few side effects and compared to bmt this is a breeze. I am so thankful for this drug and the hope it represents