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29 03, 2015

My head is spinning…

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Sorry my post is so late this weekend.  I got caught up in enjoying Saturday; going to the farmer's market with Pattie, cleaning the pool, cooking dinner and watching Wisconsin win another nail biter against Arizona to got the the NCAA Final Four in men's basketball--for the second year in a row. Yes, I've calmed

25 03, 2015

Bad news from my Mayo Clinic specialist

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At the end of Saturday's presentations I shared something very personal with our group. I wrote a five part series of posts after I returned from seeing Dr. Tricot in Iowa.  To review, Dr. Tricot recommended that I immediately switch my current treatment regimen from pomalidomide and dex to Kyprolis, Cytoxan and dex.  Assuming it

27 09, 2014

Is an allogeneic transplant a good option for me?

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Once again, the comments and emails I received concerning the quest for my next best therapy option rocked!  They are intelligent, well reasoned and most helpful.  Thank you!  Also, I have some new news on the allo front.  Too much to cover to put this off until Monday. Nick, I will get to your comprehensive,

8 03, 2013

Ongoing diagnostics are used at different times and in different ways by different docs

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I was running out of time and energy yesterday.  PET scan, Velcade infusion and other tests went fine and I arrived safely home by 4 PM.  There is a significant difference in the way doctors around the country test and monitor their patients--an alarming difference. Yesterday I wrote this: I have been writing about Total

20 10, 2012

More about my inelastic bone marrow, MDS and a trip to Boca

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I have received a number of supportive emails, following yesterday's post about what I can my "inelastic bone marrow."  Let's face it.  It is pretty pathetic that even following more than a week's rest and a neupogen shot, my absolute neutrophil count (ANC) wouldn't budge. I'm not big on repeating my past myeloma history, but

19 10, 2012

My bone marrow isn’t recovering between maintenance cycles. Could it be MDS?

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Who knew maintenance therapy could be so hard?  My white blood count has a history of being suppressed by Revlimid.  No surprise there.  And my counts have always bounced-back following a week of rest.  But since my stem cell transplant 15 months ago, that reliable resiliency has vanished. The absolute neutrophil count (ANC) is a

30 03, 2012

Mini allogeneic (donor) transplants may turn-out to be great salvage therapy option

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It was easy to become a bit discouraged as I wrote my book last year, Stem Cell Transplants from a Patient's Perspective. As I interviews lots of donor transplant patients, it didn't take long to figure out that their side-effects were significant and long lasting. But I did speak with a few that tried mini

7 02, 2012

Looks like I just might be around for awhile…

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I met with my myeloma specialist, Dr. Melissa Alsina, at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa yesterday. Great news!  After completing my third, six week full dose RVD chemotherapy cycle, I learned that my monclonal protein reading (M-spike) has continued to edge downward. Let me back-up and fill-in a few of the blanks for our new

3 06, 2011

My Response To Reader Comments/New M-Spike Results/SCT Schedule Confirmed

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Lots to cover this morning...First, I'm still having technical issues which prevent me from responding to your comments in the usual way.  So let me do that here, now.Steven L. Ritter said this, following my last medical update:WOW pat.... Bummer....That is how I feel most of the time and I'm not even in treatment yet...!!

16 05, 2011

Inpatient Or Oupatient Recovery During And/Or After A Stem Cell Transplant: Which Is Better?

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For those of you who didn't read my site over the weekend, you have a lot to catch-up on!Friday I started a three part series about my day-long visit to Moffitt Cancer Center on Thursday.  But when I went to post the first article, Medical Update: Long Day At Moffitt Cancer Center Ends In Disappointment,

14 05, 2011

Details From Thursday’s Disappointing Visit With Dr. Alsina

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Yesterday I wrote this, following a long day of pre-planning for my upcoming stem cell transplant (SCT) at Moffitt Cancer Center: I would like to re-visit the important issues of housing, scheduling and pre/post transplant planning Sunday. Tomorrow I will outline everything Dr. Alsina covered with me and Pattie during our appointment. But for now,