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24 10, 2015

Book Review: Living Well with Chronic Pain


Once or twice a week I get an invitation to read and review a book. Most are about topics that don't apply to us. But I was intrigued by Dr. Liza Leal's new book, Live Well with Chronic Pain; a Guide to Taking the First Steps. Her publisher was kind enough to send me a

24 09, 2015

New/updated Financial Aid books available NOW

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As promised, the updated version of my fourth book, Financial Aid for Myeloma Patients and Caregivers, is "hot off the presses," and in stock through this site and Few understands how exhausting making phone calls and doing paperwork can be. It isn't fair! You're sick, and now you need to work hard in order

10 06, 2015

Baseball great Mel Stottlemyre facing relapse

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Before I pass along information about Mel Stottlemyre, I wanted to follow-up on my post about daratumumab from yesterday; the companies involved have officially applied for FDA approval. I noticed the Myeloma Beacon ran a story about it; glad they're still relevant and on top of breaking news.  But for a slightly different business slant,

21 03, 2015

I’ve never planned a kidnapping before!


Last night was amazing!  Listening to Danny Parker address the role of spirituality in our lives opened so many eyes.  Dr. Chanan-Kahn's easy to follow presentation helped us all better understand how current myeloma therapies work--and the ways future therapies may help extend our lives. I was so busy greeting old friends, making new ones,

5 01, 2015

Outdated financial rules could hit me hard in 2015


It's a new year.  For me, that means a number of challenging insurance and financial hurdles loom large.  ObamaCare has nothing to do with it.  It's all about complications caused by something that should be making my life easier: taking oral chemotherapy. The doublet of pomalidomide and dexamethasone is working for me.  But financially, the

9 04, 2014

Updated versions of my first two books available NOW!

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I'm excited to announce that my publisher has released new and improved versions of my my first two books, Living with Multiple Myeloma and  Stem Cell Transplants from a Patient's Perspective. Living with Multiple Myeloma describes my emotional and physical struggle with multiple myeloma.  The focus is on how and why I made the fateful

27 03, 2014

Book Review: Integrative Oncology

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Oncology should be more than data, clinical trials and chemotherapy.  With cancer patients living longer, it should also focus on a cancer patient's quality of life. Additionally, who's to say that traditional Western medicine has all of the answers?  Midway through our on-air conversation two months ago, Dr. Donald Abrams mentioned that he and well

18 07, 2013

Could I ask a favor?

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I know many of my readers here at MMB have also ordered and read one or more of my books. I continue to search-out ways to get my books in the hands of patients, caregivers, families and friends that need the information. I think I've discovered a way to help get my books out faster;

10 07, 2013

Updated 2013 edition, New Multiple Myeloma Therapies from a Patient’s Perspective, available NOW!

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My updated 2013 edition of New Multiple Myeloma Therapies from a Patient's Perspective has just been published.  When I wrote the book less than a year ago, I knew things were changing quickly in myeloma research--and I knew that I would need to update the book periodically.  But who knew new drugs like ARRY-520 and

5 02, 2013

Financial Aid for Myeloma Patients and Caregivers

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I'm so excited!  My 4th book, Financial Aid for Myeloma Patients and Caregivers, is available NOW!  The short, easy read lists 42 different funding sources to help pay for travel expenses, co-pays--even the cost of your medical insurance.  Several even send you free "stuff," ranging from complimentary hair care products and gift baskets to free