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13 08, 2013

Remembering my father (Part Two)

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Ted Killingsworth was born and raised in South Carolina.  My father put himself through college at Clemson University and rose to the rank of Captain in the Air Force, serving as a civil engineer in Japan and the Philippines after World War Two. Dad was a great man.  Professionally, he practiced law for over 50

12 08, 2013

Remembering my father


Last week I wrote about how my good friend, Ardy Germann, was losing her battle with myeloma: Sometimes it can be difficult to focus on positive things…   I learned last evening that Ardy had died over the weekend.  Such a special, caring person.  Ardy, you will be missed. Obituaries only provide a sketchy outline

6 07, 2013

More well deserved condolences for John Knighten

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I wouldn't continue to post some much about our dear friend, John Knighten.  But this local newscast is touching and well done.  Try not to cry when John shares how his number one concern is for his wife and kids on camera a week before his death: Spokane firefighter John Knighten passes away I

2 07, 2013

John Knighten’s obituary

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Spokane firefighter John Knighten loses cancer battle Jennifer Pignolet The Spokesman-Review Spokane firefighter John Knighten lost his three-year battle with cancer Sunday night. Knighten, a 19-year veteran of the Spokane Fire Department, former Marine, husband to Shawna Knighten and father of three daughters, was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2010. He died at his home

2 07, 2013

Our dear friend John has moved on

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If you haven't been following the comments following Saturday's post, John Knighten has died. I have written so much about him the past ten months there doesn't seem to be much more to say.  Here are the last thoughts his wife, Shawna, shared on facebook since his passing: Dearest family & friends, it is with

12 06, 2013

Myeloma Updates: Revlimid, Social Security Disability assistance and a fond farewell

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This headline on a well known medical website made me laugh: From ASCO – Revlimid May be Effective for Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Really?  Docs have been prescribing Revlimid to their newly diagnosed patients since late 2006!  But the keystone novel therapy has never been officially approved for use in new patients by the FDA. 

11 09, 2012

Barbara “Boogie Barb” Hammack remembered

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Eleven years ago today, America lost over 3000 of our citizens in a terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York.  I thought that this would be a good opportunity to memorialize one of our own. Two weeks ago, the multiple myeloma community lost one of our long-lived heroes.  Barbara Hammack--best known as

22 05, 2012

Death of a brother touches me deeply…

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Does multiple myeloma run in families?  Most experts say no. Tell that to the Martin family.  Reader Larry Martin emailed me a week ago to share that his younger brother, Lee, died April 30th from complications associated with his multiple myeloma. Larry wrote how his brother had been able to work and spend time with

18 05, 2012

Rest in peace, myeloma heroes…

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I have been sitting on a number of obituaries and news stories about fellow myeloma patients who have passed-away recently. But these myeloma heroes deserve to be recognized! First, let me start with a personal friend... Michael "Mike" Olson, age 62, of Menomonie, WI died May 10, 2012 at home with his entire family by

27 02, 2012

Lots of myeloma news from this weekend…

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Let me share some important myeloma related odds-and-ends from the past three or four days. First, remember my post following last week's 60 Minutes episode, Many Multiple Myeloma Patients Face Depression Apparently the segment caught the eye of a number of others in the medical field, too. Click-on the headline link below to read an

6 11, 2011

Gathering celebrates the life of myeloma patient Peggy Dickinson

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Last weekend, Pattie and I attended a memorial gathering for a friend of ours, Peggy Dickinson, who died recently from complications associated with her multiple myeloma. Peggy's husband, Fred, hosted a splendid celebration.  Lots of good food and friends. The Dickinson's were originally from Ohio.  They began wintering in Florida a number of years ago,

28 09, 2011

I Lost A Dear Friend Yesterday

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Yesterday afternoon, a dear friend with multiple myeloma, Stacey Rohrer, died at her home, surrounded by friends and family, including her two young daughters. Stacey was diagnosed with an unusually aggressive form of multiple myeloma less than three years ago at the age of 32. I first met Stacey at one of our

28 03, 2010

Links To Media Reports Concerning Elijah Alexander’s Passing

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Here are links to a number of different news reports about our friend and fellow multiple myeloma patient Elijah Alexander:  Associated Press, ABC Action News, Denver Star-Telegraph.  Still no definitive answer as to cause of death.  Several unconfirmed reports do say it was "myeloma related."  The Post-Chronicle wrote this in Their March 26th report: Elijah Alexander, a