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4 02, 2014

Deja vu all over again: X rays identify new plasmacytomas under my ribs

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SNAP!  POP!  There goes a rib?  Friday's post wasn't wrong.  It simply didn't go far enough. After three days, my pain and  range of movement had actually started to improve.  That all came crashing down on Sunday.  I inadvertently used both my left and right arms to get up late in the day.   Until then,

17 11, 2012

Hospital? No way!

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I try to publish my posts by 10 am Eastern time every day.  That deadline is "soft," especially on the weekends.  If I don't post on time, some of you email me, worried that something is wrong.  Normally it's a merely a scheduling conflict if I'm late.  But not today.  Today your concern was warranted.

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

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

26 01, 2012

I’m soooo sick!

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I want to apologize.  I try to publish my posts each day by 10 am Eastern time. Well, it's now 3 PM.  I just received a call from a reader, wondering if I'm OK.  I love that! Unfortunately, I'm not OK.  Two weeks ago I spent close to a week recovering from the worst cold

28 05, 2011

Medical Update: Strange, Disturbing (and a bit funny!) Side-Effects…

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I am up at 6 am writing this. Severe leg cramps every time I try to lay back down. Fortunately, things settle down after five or ten minutes of standing and leaning against the counter in the kitchen. Then I'm able to sit at my work station with little or no discomfort. Guess someone is

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,

3 05, 2011

Medical Update: Communication Is Key To Minimizing Treatment Side-Effects

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I completed my third infusioin of Velcade/dexamethasone yesterday around 3 PM.  Several hours before I was scheduled to begin, I experienced a severe pain in my left side.At first I thought it might be a pulled muscle.  I hadn't been doing anything strenuous--just some light gardening.  But the pain didn't improve with time.  In fact,

20 04, 2011

Medical Update: My First Cycle Of RVD

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Three weeks ago I began my first of three scheduled cycles of RVD (Revlimid/Velcade/dexamethasone).  My myeloma specialist, Dr. Melissa Alsina at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, placed the order.  Since Moffitt is located more than an hour from my home, My medical oncologist, Dr. Vikas Malhotra with Florida Cancer Institute in Spring Hill, Florida, is