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Going back to normal(ish)

Its been an interesting 2+ months after I got my transplant. My blood doctor is happy with my progress, my eye doctor is concerned with my sight, and my lovely wife is concerned about my weight.

Re-start doing yoga again... I forgot how hard it was to do a proper downward dog >_< 

Cooked more food in the last month than in the last year... I think... still doing Italian and Indian mostly, with Indonesia and Mexian mixed in every other day...

re-start the job search process. Looking at more opportunities in Netherlands as well as the one back in Indonesia and SEA region. Maybe expanding to AU & CA as well...

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I'm diagnosed and treated for Acute Myeloid Leukemia

It's been 2 years since the last update on this blog. My apologies for not updating the blog, not that anyone read it :d I really need to set up some IFTTT action so that our activities in other social media platform push thru here as well.. O well, I'll do it tomorrow!

A lot has happened since our marriage started in 2015. I quit my job in RadioDFM then start my journey in the FT MBA program in Rotterdam School of Management. I went to MBAT and swam for RSM. Ratri got pregnant in October of 2015 and Raili born in 20th June 2016 :joy: Indonesia won another gold medal in the Olympic, and we watch it live with our lovely new family and friends in Rotterdam. More post on Ratri and Raili soon-ish. Hi-jinks during the MBA program are catalogued in my hand-written diary, I caught the fountain pen bug, blame reddit. >_< 

Then in mid August 2016, I got high fever and night sweats, on the 20th the doctor told me to get my blood checked. He proceed to call me on the same day to get my self admitted to Erasmus MC. There, I was told that there are some abnormalities in my blood, and that I'm diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

The treatment started immediately, starting with a round of chemotherapy, some episode of hallucination, a couple day in intensive care , another round of chemo, a string of negotiation with the insurance company, another round of chemo, and finally an allogenic stem cell transplant this month. The prognosis started good, then bad, then good again. It has been a good roller coaster ride this last 6 months.

So far the new stem cell looks like its been working as expected and seems to be compatible with my body, as in no apparent rejection nor an apparent Graft-Versus-Host decease. :yay: the next couple of weeks would be crucial to see if there's any GVHD developing. There are a documented 70% of successful ASCT for patient in my age group, so hopefully the AML would keep in remission for the rest of my life. 

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We are moving out of Kemayoran

New year, new chapter. I'm moving out to Rotterdam, Ratri is waiting for her Visa to come out. In the mean time, she is moving out of Kemayoran and moving back to Lenteng Agung / Buncit. I hope the visa process is going along smoothly.

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We're expecting :)

A baby is in the way :D Rartri is 13 weeks pregnant this week. Hopefully all is well and the baby will be born healthy next year.

On the last checkup, we found out that the baby size is already in the average for a 14 week old fetus. Gosh did they grow so fast. Doctor said it was only 25g last time we met, and now its already 75g.

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We're Married

Late post are comming! 

On the 18th of January 2015, we are officially married!

it was a big wedding, just like my mom and dad wanted. Even then, we couldn't invite all of our friends.  

The wedding ceremony it self was religious and small, with only 100ish in attendance. But the reception was awfully big. The last headcount report ed to us says there's about 1500 in attendance.

anyway, it was deemed a succes by my mom. We're happy that our core group of friends are there. And we get to spend the night cleaning up our makeup.

 

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We're Engaged

It's been over a year since we commit to one another.

Last month we finally took the plunge and got engaged.

I'm grateful that you allow me to be your future husband. Love you Arum :*

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