Editor’s note: I am very pleased to bring our readers a letter from Rita Fix, Collectors Journal’s former sales person extraordinaire as well as associate editor. ~~ Kimberley Mathisen

Good Morning Friends,

It has been a year since I was diagnosed with Plasma Cell Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma.  I look back at the past year and so many things are just a blur. At times it feels like it has drug on and others times it seems like it flew by. It has been a long journey but I have so much to be thankful for. 

In June they were able to harvest my own stem cells after two tries for use in my transplant.  In the past year I have undergone two stem cell transplants, one in June and one in October.  This is where they make my immune system to zero and at this time I was very susceptible to illnesses.  They then give me back my stem cells and they somehow find their way back home and go to work to work to build my system back up again.  Modern medicine is so interesting!

At this point in time I am in remission!  YAY!!!  That was our goal and I have reached it with flying colors.  I do have to remain on a maintenance program for the next two years where I will have to have light chemo treatments to keep the remaining cancer cells at bay if any are left behind.

One thing I know is true that I couldn't have done all of this without the prayers and support from my family and friends.  I so appreciated the cards and letters that I received from all of you.  It warmed my heart so to receive them. 

At this time since I will be making frequent trips to Iowa City quite often I have decided to retire from the Collectors Journal.  I will miss all of my auctioneer family as well as the shop owners and show vendors.  Hopefully soon I can make it out and about to some auctions and flea markets to visit with all of you again.  Maybe get a story or two written.

Thanks again for all you have done for me in the past. Your continued prayers and thoughts will be appreciated.

Happy spring!

Rita Fix