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Monthly Archives: February 2016

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22 02, 2016

Countdown Has Begun!

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We would first like to thank everyone for the outpouring of thoughts, prayers and support during this time.  They mean more than you could ever know and we hold them close to our hearts every day.  As we move forward planning the event that was so important to Pat, your support gives us strength and

12 02, 2016

A Special Tribute to an Incredible Friend

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I only met Pat twice, but I feel like I’ve known him forever. We shared a passion for our native state of Wisconsin. Last time the Badger football team got into the Rose Bowl, I invited Pat and Pattie to California so we could all go to the game together. They did and, despite losing

8 02, 2016

I’m not dead yet!

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The commonly used name here for plasmapheresis is plasma exchange. I"m being hooked up for my third, three hour round of plasma exchange. Honestly, I'm in pretty bad shape. I'm not eating. I could give you a lot of technical information about my situation, but the bottom line is this: Five doctors and none can

6 02, 2016

My world turned upside down

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As difficult as my myeloma journey has become, the one silver lining has always been my excellent kidneys; no worries on that front. That all changed today. I learned today that my kidneys are/have failed. I was devastated to get the news; with both Pattie and her sister working for Davita Dialysis, I've heard horror

5 02, 2016

Medical mystery worthy of reality TV

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I'm a medical mystery. Why should I be surprised? Some of the medical news is good. But overshadowing basic improvement are a long list of unanswered questions. I've never had more blood drawn in my life! Let me pause here to apologize to a number of readers that commented following yesterday's post. Our WordPress blogging

4 02, 2016

Enough drama already!

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Ongoing struggles recovering from my second stem cell transplant in six months make it easy to write compelling posts. But enough already! I was admitted to our local Baptist hospital last night after an emergency room visit that revealed I had pneumonia that was getting worse by the hour. Of course Pattie had to drag