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Random stuff written by Alex Mills

Last week I was told the great news that I’m once again cancer free! This marks the third time I’ve heard this news after my initial diagnosis and then my relapse. The Blinatumomab did its job after two 28 day home infusions, but it made me feel absolutely horrible in the process. Extreme fatigue, nausea, [̷

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Today marked the completion of my 34th trip around the sun. I spent the day at home due to fatigue and just generally not feeling great due to this latest IV medication I’m on. One of my sisters was able to make it down from near Seattle though which was a cool surprise! Here’s hoping […]

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I really can’t catch a break, can I? My latest BCR-ABL blood test that detects my cancer’s genetic mutation came back ever so slightly positive (like 0.01%). This isn’t a relapse but rather just some pesky cancer cells that refuse to take a hint. To treat this, I will be taking a very specialized drug [

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Unfortunately my bad luck and health complications continue. Last week was a roller coaster of events. My ommaya reservoir, used to access my spinal fluid for samples and chemo, clogged because of frequent use and it being installed ever so slightly in the wrong place. So on Monday, they opened my scalp back up and […

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I had a followup with my neuro-ophthalmologist yesterday to see how my vision was improving after the issues I started having last month. I’ve tried to be optimistic and stay positive since first getting sick, but this was a tough one. While the blurriness has lessened significantly, from an estimated 20/400 to 20/40,

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Today marks the one year anniversary of my first bone marrow transplant. Despite a relapse last fall, things had actually been going really well. A bone marrow biopsy came back completely clean as expected, all of my blood counts were looking great, and I was finally feeling well enough that I was getting ready to […]

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I’m one of the rare Windows users at Automattic but thanks to the introduction of Windows Subsystem for Linux, my life is way easier. I can now run pretty much any Bash script without having to spin up a virtual machine like I used to have to. While it’s possible to build Node.js-powered projects natively [̷

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It’s been 11 months since I’ve been able to physically drive my Viper, but yesterday I finally got the chance! My clutch pedal leg is sore today but it was all worth it. I thought I’d make a video of the long overdue startup to celebrate:

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I’ve written and released a new WordPress plugin called SmartCrop. Instead of creating cropped thumbnails from the center of an uploaded image, SmartCrop attempts to automatically determine the most interesting part of the image and centers the crop on that part of the image. It’s most easily explained with this

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Apologies for the long overdue update post. I’ve been procrastinating hard on this one. Way back on November 22nd, the day before Thanksgiving, I received a second bone marrow transplant in order to help treat my leukemia relapse. The stem cells were from the same donor as my first transplant but thankfully the proced

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I can’t believe it’s already been this long but last Wednesday the 18th marked one full year since my cancer diagnosis. Between all of the chemotherapy to get me into remission, the bone marrow transplant, the twice weekly clinic visits, and now the relapse, it’s been quite the year. I still have a long wa

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Things had been going extremely smoothly and uneventful since my bone marrow transplant in May, making it easy to procrastinate writing a post here on my blog with updates. No news is good news, right? Well unfortunately that’s changed. The stem cell transplant went as expected including me spending most of May in the

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My cancer adventures continue starting tomorrow when I’m admitted to a local hospital in preparation for a bone marrow transplant. I’ll be receiving the stem cells from an unknown and unrelated donor as unfortunately neither of my sisters were a match. Before I get the transplant however, they will be giving me

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For nearly 14 years, my blog’s domain name has been Viper007Bond.com. As of today though, it’s now alex.blog! The company I work for, Automattic, purchased the rights to the new .blog TLD last year. As an employee perk, we all received a free .blog domain including the option to get a hard-to-get premium domain

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Apologies for the delay since my last post. I know many of you have been asking me for an update. The biggest news is that I’m now in remission! That means that the latest bone marrow biopsy I had detected no traces leukemia. It doesn’t mean that I’m completely cancer free however and I need […]

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Apologies for the delay since my last post. I know many of you have been asking me for an update. The biggest news is that I’m now in remission! That means that the latest bone marrow biopsy I had detected no traces leukemia. It doesn’t mean that I’m completely cancer free however and I need […]

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34 days and I’m still in the hospital. It’s boring, but necessary for my treatment unfortunately. Lots of bad days, especially this past week, but some aren’t quite as bad as the rest. Today I had a crazy procedure where they got a biopsy of my liver by going through my jugular vein so that […]

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34 days and I’m still in the hospital. It’s boring, but necessary for my treatment unfortunately. Lots of bad days, especially this past week, but some aren’t quite as bad as the rest. Today I had a crazy procedure where they got a biopsy of my liver by going through my jugular vein so that […]

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I had a bone marrow biopsy done on Tuesday and the results came back today saying that the current chemotherapy treatment hasn’t been as effective as hoped. I came into the hospital at about 95% infection and my oncologist had hoped to see it down to as low as 5% now (they’re aggressively treating it) […]

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I had a bone marrow biopsy done on Tuesday and the results came back today saying that the current chemotherapy treatment hasn’t been as effective as hoped. I came into the hospital at about 95% infection and my oncologist had hoped to see it down to as low as 5% now (they’re aggressively treating it) […]

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Today marks the 21st day of being in the hospital for leukemia. I’m feeling much better than that week before I checked into the ER but the weekly chemo drugs they give me can really zap my energy. Thankfully they pre-drug me to counter the effects, but there’s only so much you can do to keep […]

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Today marks the 21st day of being in the hospital for leukemia. I’m feeling much better than that week before I checked into the ER but the weekly chemo drugs they give me can really zap my energy. Thankfully they pre-drug me to counter the effects, but there’s only so much you can do to keep […]

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Leukemia. Certainly not one of the words you expect to hear from your doctor when he’s calling about blood test results and telling you to get to the ER. I hadn’t been feeling great since about October 10th — no appetite, a light fever of about 100F, and was easily getting out of breathe due […]

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Leukemia. Certainly not one of the words you expect to hear from your doctor when he’s calling about blood test results and telling you to get to the ER. I hadn’t been feeling great since about October 10th — no appetite, a light fever of about 100F, and was easily getting out of breathe due […]

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Norwegian duo Röyksopp, one of my favorite groups, has a new single and music video out! It’s been nearly 2 years since their last original release so it’s great to hear some new stuff from them! The music video is very weird and trippy but the song is awesome:

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Norwegian duo Röyksopp, one of my favorite groups, has a new single and music video out! It’s been nearly 2 years since their last original release so it’s great to hear some new stuff from them! The music video is very weird and trippy but the song is awesome:

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I’m officially discontinuing my Viper’s Video Quicktags WordPress plugin. It was one of the first plugins I ever wrote over 10 years ago. Back then embedding videos into WordPress posts was a chore and so I wrote the plugin to make the life of authors much easier. Since then a lot has changed, namely the […

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I’m officially discontinuing my Viper’s Video Quicktags WordPress plugin. It was one of the first plugins I ever wrote over 10 years ago. Back then embedding videos into WordPress posts was a chore and so I wrote the plugin to make the life of authors much easier. Since then a lot has changed, namely the […

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