It’s ASCO weekend in Chicago.  For the first time in five years I’m not there; the timing with our move wasn’t good.  So I will be covering it from our new home in Fernandina Beach near Jacksonville.

In the past I’ve sat in the press room, covering the goings on on behalf of the IMF and Myeloma Beacon.  One year I did a book signing on Saturday for my first book, Living with Multiple Myeloma.  I was there thanks to Vidacare, the makers of the OnControl bone marrow biopsy power driver.

myeloma survival guideKeeping that in mind, my biggest disappointment for not being in Chicago: I’m missing another book signing.  The new comprehensive patient guide, The Myeloma Survivor Guide, is launching Saturday.  Author and good friend, Dave Visel, will be signing his new book..  And like three or four years back when I had a sponsor, this year’s signing is sponsored by Onyx Pharmaceuticals, developers of the cutting edge proteasome inhibitor, Kyprolis (carfilzomib).

I have a personal stake in the book.  Dave approached me to review the original manuscript last year, and kindly added a number of suggestions to the finished text.  I was also honored to be asked to write the epilog, interviewing a number of long lived myeloma survivors, adding a hopeful ending to this very important book, published by medially respected, Demos Health.

I have no financial stake in this project.  I wasn’t paid to review the text or contribute.  This is an important labor of love.  I believe that every newly diagnosed patient and caregiver–or those of us that have been around for a while–should read this book and have it at the ready as a reference guide.

The TBA Foundation is running the show back California.  One of their key team members, Anita Chambers, Called me Wednesday to let me know that my readers are invited to purchase The Myeloma Survival Guide at a 20% discount–and with free shipping–before it’s released to Amazon and other major outlets.

Here’s a link if you would like to read more about the guide and hopefully buy the book:

http://www.tbafoundation.org/home3b.html

I will get you my interpretations of the news out of ASCO starting Sunday or Monday; that’s when myeloma related data is released.

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat