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Sorry I’m late! Difficult travel day…

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Sorry I’m late! Difficult travel day…

I had it all planned-out: arrive at the airport early so I could work and complete and post today’s news.  But 12,000 Northwestern Mutual Life conventioneers had other plans!

It took me an hour to check my bag and make it part way through an endless security line, only to realize I was about to enter the wrong concourse.  Some airports screen passengers in several centralized security checkpoints; then you fan-out to the gates.

But not Milwaukee!  Each gate (A/B/C/D) has it’s own security checkpoint.  Who knew?

Fortunately I straightened myself out and found the correct line to get through security.  Not that it was easy: the line was so long it wound-out into the main lobby area, nearly to where the shops and restaurants are located.

One reason I flew into Milwaukee was it’s easier to navigate than Chicago.  But not today!  An additional hour later I was safely through security and ready to board the plane.

I’m returning from a six day trip home to visit my dying father.  I’m not going to write about that today.  Dad’s taken a sudden turn-for-the-worse, and I want to get a chance to process things for a day or two.  Instead, I wanted to remind everyone about two important Blog Talk Radio/Cure Talk broadcasts coming up.

Cure Talk LogoThursday evening at 7 PM, Mayo Clinic myeloma specialist, Dr. Shaji Kumar, will be the featured guest.  And next week our live on-air multiple myeloma support group broadcast will focus on Social Security Disability and Medicare.

Here’s some information about tomorrow’s broadcast:

Dr. Shaji K Kumar is Associate Professor of Medicine at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a consultant, Mayo Clinic Division of Hematology. Dr. Kumar is board certified in medical oncology and hematology. He is a member of the American Society of Hematology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Association of Clinical Research, American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, American Medical Association, Association of Physicians of India, and the European Hematology Association. 

Send in your myeloma questions for Dr. Kumar to

To access the teleconference:

Dial-in (718) 664-6574  approximately 5 minutes prior to the show.

Listen to the on-line broadcast here:

I will be joined on the program by Californian myeloma survivors Jack Aiello and Nick VanDyk.  I’ve seen their questions and from the looks of it, ASCO will only be a small part of the discussion.  Jack has lived more than a decade after undergoing an allogeneic (donor) stem cell transplant.  And Nick is a well know blogger and proponent of UAMS’ controversial Total Therapy.  Should be fun!

And don’t forget that you can always listen to us later; I’ll provide a link Friday morning.

More details to follow in a few days about the SSDI and Medicare discussion featuring expert and patient advocate, attorney Anya Prince.

I”m really excited about next months programing, including what I hope will be a frank and honest discussion about the use of allogeneic transplants as curative and/or salvage therapy.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat