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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

18 01, 2016

Medical Update: Stinky news

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Rough weekend. As I explained in a post last week, I'm not used to backsliding--post transplant--once I start improving. Once again, diarrhea is a real problem. Imodium or Lomotil is only slowing things down for three hours at a time, making this the "I'm in danger of becoming dehydrated," type of diarrhea. Is that why

16 01, 2016

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

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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)   ASH, unscheduled trips to the ICU, Iowa City drama. A lot went wrong in December. I'm still having trouble bouncing back from

8 01, 2016

Rest in peace dearest Sara

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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. I first met Sara after speaking to an awesome support group in Charlotte. Was it three years ago? Four years? They all seem to run together

15 12, 2015

This is why I do what I do

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I experience countless emotional moments as I hear from myeloma patients and caregivers from around the country and sometimes, around the world. I wanted to share an exceptionally personal one with you here today. In October, I flew up to Boston for an annual reunion of Myeloma Patient Ambassadors. I was a member of the

13 12, 2015

BMT Bondage

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I'm feeling a much better today. I was in such a dark place. Feverish and saddled with abdominal pain and now nine days of diarrhea, To be wheeled from ICU up to the BMT unit was discouraging beyond words. But as so many of reminded me with love and certainty, "It will get better!" Funny

26 11, 2015

I’m thankful for my myeloma friends, alive and past

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Thanksgiving is all about family and friendships. I have made some amazing friends during my myeloma journey. Some I've never met. We've simply emailed regularly for years. Gary Shankland and I have been exchanging emails for three or four years. His wife, Jeanie, has battled an aggressive type of myeloma all this time. The couple

17 10, 2015

Thank you rant

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A number of you have already contributed to help CrowdCare Foundation fund a pair of cutting edge T cell trials in Germany and John Hopkins in Baltimore. THANK YOU! For those of you on-the-fence, I wanted to share some good news. A friend has agreed to match any contribution—dollar for dollar—up to a total of

8 10, 2015

Reflections of an amazing day

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I'm so proud of myself! I finally figured out how to download pictures from my Android smart phone to my laptop. It's no secret that I'm tech challenged. And it isn't about age: old timer, good friend and fellow myeloma survivor, Gary Petersen, gave me a tutorial at a patient dinner meeting on Tuesday. Check

6 10, 2015

Myeloma patients need emotional support

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I've had to make some pretty tough therapy decisions lately. It got me thinking. Where do patients like us go for emotional support? Online? Hard for me to dis that approach. Support groups? They can be exceptional ways to learn more about our cancer. Phone counseling? Patient to patient mentoring? Seeing a therapist? How about