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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WtlWC6bmyBI I
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
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
Our dear friend, John Knighten, is nearing the end. I can't remember knowing a more determined guy. From the start, John's high risk myeloma has been insidiously aggressive. But John and his family handled every fast ball and curve his myeloma threw their way. But the news about John isn't good. For those of you
Good news! Our dear friend and Patient Snapshot favorite, John Knighten, is hanging on. Last April, John was given only a few weeks to live by his transplant team in Seattle. But the Spokane, Washington resident and former firefighter continues to fight through severed pain caused by a massive plasmacytoma (tumor) in his sinuses.
I often describe how living with multiple myeloma is like riding a roller coaster. In the beginning, the bottom falls-out and you drop screaming. Then you slowly climb-up, often doing things you never dreamed you could. At that point its a relatively easy ride around the corner and up and down a few minor bumps.
Hope everyone had a great, pain-free weekend! I am feeling much better after Saturday's perfect storm--coming down off of dex at the end of my four week Velcade cycle. I'm ready for a busy week, including a visit from my dear friends, Karl and Lorraine Vollstedt, from Hastings, Minnesota. Karl helped establish a very successful
Today I would like to pass-along a reader question, along with an update from John Knighten out in Seattle, who was preparing for this week's first of two back-to-back stem cell transplants. Let's start with Sara from North Carolina. Sara has a question about Revlimid and possible liver damage: Hi Pat, Just wondering if you've
Let's start with a helpful link to Mayo Clinic's Medical Laboratory site: Multiple Myeloma Proper Diagnosis and Risk Stratification to Guide Treatment Here you will find an informative video and helpful charts that help explain how genetic testing works, and why Risk-Adapted Therapy (mSMART ) is an important tool for myeloma specialists. Next, listen to
I get a lot of great suggestions from readers about everything from great places to live to ways to reduce treatment side effects. David read about my worsening peripheral neuropathy (PN) symptoms and forwarded me this advice: Pat I can tell you that I had terrible PN since about January of 2012. Doc says the
Myeloma survivor, John Knighten from Spokane, Washington, has been kind enough to email me weekly updates about his ongoing therapy. John and his doctors in Seattle are preparing him for tandem auto/allo stem cell transplants after the first of next year. Not familiar with John's difficult myeloma journey? This link to my post about him