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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.

2410, 2015

Book Review: Living Well with Chronic Pain

By |October 24th, 2015|Books|

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 […]

2409, 2015

New/updated Financial Aid books available NOW

By |September 24th, 2015|About Pat, Books, Tips|

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

1809, 2015

Updated version of my New Therapies book available NOW!

By |September 18th, 2015|About Pat, Books, Research, Supplements/Drugs, Tips|

What did I do while I was stuck in Iowa waiting for test results and harvesting my stem cells? I updated two of my books, New Myeloma Therapies from a Patient’s Perspective, and Financial Aid for Myeloma Patients and Caregivers. The New Therapies book has shipped and is ready for sale.

2007, 2015

Tom Brokaw and multiple myeloma: a global perspective

By |July 20th, 2015|Books, Caregivers|

Gifted writer and cancer patient advocate, Greg Brozeit, kindly offered to share his unique perspective with us after learning I was going to be under the weather for a while. You may remember Greg’s work memorializing Mike Katz this spring:
Living to Make a Difference: Mike Katz (Part One)
Living to Make a Difference: Mike Katz (Part […]

1006, 2015

Baseball great Mel Stottlemyre facing relapse

By |June 10th, 2015|Books, Caregivers, Inspirational, News, Side effects|

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.

2905, 2015

What’s in a book? How about the will to live!

By |May 29th, 2015|About Pat, Books, Transplants|

I updated this post June 25th.  Give it another look…

1305, 2015

Tom Brokaw’s book about myeloma out today!

By |May 13th, 2015|Books, Inspirational, News|

I went long yesterday because I wanted to free up time to preview a copy of Tom Brokaw’s new book, A lucky Life Interrupted.  Doesn’t hit news stands and sites until today.  I was very pleased.  A must read for all myeloma patients and caregivers!

805, 2015

Tom Brokaw’s program about his multiple myeloma a pleasant surprise

By |May 8th, 2015|Books, Caregivers, News, Research, Side effects, Support, Therapy, Tips, Transplants|

I promised to give everyone an update about how I’m doing today.  The antibiotics are working and I’m doing OK.  But I’m guessing many of you watched Tom Brokaw’s one hour special about multiple myeloma on Dateline NBC last night.  I’ll put off posting details about my ongoing recovery to share information about last night’s […]

205, 2015

Tom Brokaw’s new book celebrates his remission

By |May 2nd, 2015|Books, Inspirational, News|

Fellow myeloma patient, Tom Brokaw, is back in the news again; he’s written a book about his experience.

2103, 2015

I’ve never planned a kidnapping before!

By |March 21st, 2015|About Pat, Books, Inspirational, Tips|

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.

501, 2015

Outdated financial rules could hit me hard in 2015

By |January 5th, 2015|About Pat, Books, Tips|

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.

3005, 2014

The Myeloma Survival Guide available NOW!

By |May 30th, 2014|Books, Inspirational, News|

It’s ASCO weekend in Chicago.  For the first time in five years I’m not there; the timing with our move wasn’t good.  So I will be covering it from our new home in Fernandina Beach near Jacksonville.

904, 2014

Updated versions of my first two books available NOW!

By |April 9th, 2014|About Pat, Books, News|

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.

2703, 2014

Book Review: Integrative Oncology

By |March 27th, 2014|Books, Nutrition, Therapy|

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.

2801, 2014

Demon dex: the indispensable drug myeloma patients love to hate (Part One)

By |January 28th, 2014|About Pat, Books, Side effects, Supplements/Drugs, Tips|

Dexamethasone.  When compared to novel therapy agents like Revlimid and Velcade, it’s almost an afterthought.  But using it with most any myeloma therapy enhances effectiveness by 30 – 40%.

1807, 2013

Could I ask a favor?

By |July 18th, 2013|About Pat, Books|

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.

1007, 2013

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

By |July 10th, 2013|Books, Research, Supplements/Drugs, Therapy|

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 […]

702, 2013

I apologize to my frustrated readers trying to order my new book!

By |February 7th, 2013|Books, Support, Tips|

I’m excited to report that the orders for my new book, Financial Aid for Multiple Myeloma Patients and Caregivers has been overwhelming!  But as is often the case, glitches have popped-up that I don’t usually have to deal with with one or two  My Cancer Store orders each day.

502, 2013

Financial Aid for Myeloma Patients and Caregivers

By |February 5th, 2013|About Pat, Books, News, Tips|

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 […]