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102, 2016

I’m celebrating 100 days post tandem today

By |February 1st, 2016|About Pat, Side effects, Tips, Transplants|

It’s been 100 days since I received an infusion of over 8 million of my own stem cells in October. Even though it was my second stem cell transplant in less than six months, this is uncharted territory for me.

3001, 2016

No pants? A comical look back at my trip to Iowa City

By |January 30th, 2016|About Pat, Diagnostics|

Back in December I experienced an unpleasant ordeal after I was blindsided by C. diff while traveling to the University of Iowa for follow up tests ten weeks after the second of my two stem cell transplants. But as those close to me know, there was a comical edge to my experience. Yesterday I discovered […]

2901, 2016

Cure Magazine searching for myeloma heroes

By |January 29th, 2016|Inspirational, News|

I’m always writing about a new myeloma hero that I’ve met–or someone that we’ve lost. Sounds like Cure Magazine is determined to identify and recognize them. They even use the term, “myeloma hero.”
Nominate Your
Multiple Myeloma Hero Today!
DO YOU KNOW an individual or institution that has gone above and beyond to make a difference in […]

2701, 2016

Isn’t battling myeloma hard enough without having to raise money, too?

By |January 27th, 2016|Inspirational, Research, Tips|

An amazing over-the-top (pun intended) multiple myeloma awareness and fundraising mountain climbing adventure scaling Mr. Kilimanjaro sponsored by the MMRF:

2501, 2016

Can they pump me full of any more meds?

By |January 25th, 2016|About Pat, Side effects, Therapy|

Not to say that there weren’t hiccups, but I was administered my Kyprolis IV late this morning. I took 40 mg dex, and 3 mg pomalidomide, after I learned my platelets had recovered enough to proceed. I tried to get a few things done this afternoon, but basically passed out.

2401, 2016

FDA expands access to Kyprolis. Big news?

By |January 24th, 2016|News, Therapy|

Friday the FDA expanded it’s approval of how and when carfilzomib (Kyprolis) can be used. Trumpets sounded. I counted eleven industry news outlets that led with the story. My reaction? Big yawn.

2201, 2016

We need more open and honest conversations about multiple myeloma

By |January 22nd, 2016|Caregivers, News, RIP, Support, Tips|

One of my pet peeves: when celebrities don’t disclose the type of cancer that they’re battling. They could at least devulge it in their obituary. Most of the rest of us disclose it. Obviously I’ve done so much more. I’m not implying everyone needs to be as open as I am. But come on: inquiring […]

2101, 2016

MMRF 2015 myeloma year in review

By |January 21st, 2016|News, Research, Support|

I’m part of a Cure Talk Radio broadcast in a few hours featuring Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation co-founder, Anne Quinn Young. If you can’t listen live, I’ll pass along a link so you an listen later.

2001, 2016

It shouldn’t be so hard to get excellent care

By |January 20th, 2016|About Pat, Diagnostics, Side effects, Tips, Transplants|

Reliable healthcare. One would think all of the money spent on our behalf would guarantee a consistent standard of care. Au contraire!

1901, 2016

Didn’t see that coming…

By |January 19th, 2016|About Pat, Diagnostics, Side effects, Transplants|

No fever. Resting heart rate down to 80 beats a minute. Oral supplementation at home brought my potassium and magnesium levels up to normal levels. My oncology nurse, Deb, started the IV in my left hand on the first stick Monday. What could go wrong?

1801, 2016

Medical Update: Stinky news

By |January 18th, 2016|About Pat, Caregivers, Side effects, Support, Tips|

Rough weekend. As I explained in a post last week, I’m not used to backsliding–post transplant–once I start improving.

1601, 2016

Blood Glucose, MGUS, Myeloma & Metformin (Part Nine)

By |January 16th, 2016|About Pat, Caregivers, Inspirational, Nutrition, Research, Side effects, Support, Tips, Transplants|

A lot has happened since I ran two of the final installments about the importance of controlling blood glucose by Danny Parker:
Blood Glucose, MGUS, Myeloma & Metformin (Part Seven and Eight)

1501, 2016

Maintenance therapy side effects nothing to brush off

By |January 15th, 2016|About Pat, News, Nutrition, Side effects, Tips, Transplants|

I’m part of the club: experiencing side effects caused–in part–by ongoing maintenance therapy.

1401, 2016

Fast recovery thanks to support from so many amazing friends

By |January 14th, 2016|About Pat, Caregivers, Support, Transplants|

It’s official. We didn’t win the Powerball jackpot. One of our tickets did match three numbers, so I should get most of my $20 back. Turns out there were three winners, so there “only” would have been 300 million available to donate for myeloma research. It would have been fun to see what kind of […]

1301, 2016

Could almost a billion dollars cure multiple myeloma?

By |January 13th, 2016|Inspirational, Research|

How much money would it take to cure multiple myeloma? 50 million? 100 million? With some off-the-charts luck, we’ll know in just over an hour. For the first time ever, I’m playing Powerball. The one time payout on the 1.5 billion dollar jackpot: 930 million dollars.

1201, 2016

Cancer patients lost a hero this week

By |January 12th, 2016|Inspirational, RIP|

Ellen Stovall should be in the cancer activist hall of fame. I never met her; never even heard of her. But lengthy obits in the New York Times and USA Today was my first hint how special she was.

1101, 2016

BOOK REVIEW: Patient’s Medical Journal

By |January 11th, 2016|Books|

I recently ordered a copy of Sandra de Bruin and Nick Lyons’ new book, Patient’s Medical Journal. In log book format, it’s a way to record your personal and family medical history, along with documenting your medical visits and treatment plans.

901, 2016

Is it time to split my blog in two?

By |January 9th, 2016|About Pat, Inspirational, Support|

Speaking of dex (see Wednesday’s post), the much maligned steroid and a GI tract recovering from a pair of stem cell transplants and a three week long bout with C. diff don’t mix. My gut is in knots!

801, 2016

Rest in peace dearest Sara

By |January 8th, 2016|Caregivers, Inspirational, RIP, Support, Tips|

These are the posts I dread writing. One of my closest myeloma friends, Sara Lathan, from Charlotte, North Carolina, lost her extended fight with multiple myeloma earlier this week.

701, 2016

How and when to take dexamethasone

By |January 7th, 2016|Side effects, Supplements/Drugs, Tips|

Fellow multiple myeloma surivor, Nebraskan Jim Omel, is one of the smartest guys I know. A retired physician, Jim works tirelessly to help his fellow patients. Readers often ask me if it matters when they take their dexamethasone. Scheduled to start consolidation therapy this week, I’ve been wondering about it, too.