Weddings and …

“Love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking together in the same direction.”  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupery Almost three years ago our wonderful nephew and his relatively new girlfriend found themselves in that situation that is as old as time, unexpectedly pregnant. Both still at the beginning of their college experience, neither […]

The Gifts in Life

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”  – Marcel Proust The new year, following holiday festivities that sometimes seem to never end and have angst and stress for some, always brings about a time of reflection for me. While later in my life […]

Mind, Body, Spirit

“You don’t have a soul. You are a Soul. You have a body.”  – C.S. Lewis I use to ponder this as a pre-teen, in my confusions rolling around in my head trying to understand a Sunday School lesson, or a conversation with another pre-teen about God. I had come to this conclusion and actually […]

Patient Power – Andrew Schorr

“Dr. Damian Green, a myeloma expert from Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, discusses the role of transplant in myeloma and the continuous refinements to induction therapy. Dr. Green speaks about ongoing studies in myeloma, how pre-targeting radioimmunotherapy might be utilized, and explores the potential to use novel therapies prior to transplant to increase the rate of […]

Patient Ambassadors

“Instruction does much, but encouragement everything.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Last night Dave and I attended a MM support group holiday meeting near Spring Hill, Florida, complete with a delicious catered meal and a sponsored patient ambassador presentation. Two years ago when I came to our in-laws for the holidays I was invited to […]

Mourning Milestones

“Each of us has his own rhythm of suffering.” – Roland Barthes We have lost many this year to MM and other cancers or health issues. Having conversations with my many friends, both personally and via the net, one thing comes through loud and clear, getting through milestones and anniversaries is very hard. With the […]

So Much Good Stuff!

“What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight. Build anyway.” It surely has been a long time since I have posted! Some of us have stayed in contact on FaceBook in one of the MM groups and so I haven’t felt overly disconnected, but disconnected nonetheless. What can I say, but we are doing extremely […]

ASCO 2013 WebCast – Dr. Usmani – High Risk Myeloma

“Research is creating new knowledge.” – Neil Armstrong, Astronaut Dr. Usmani, a researching physcian at UAMS in Little Rock, Arkansas, in the Myeloma Institute did a brief overview of the retrospective comparative study he was presenting at the conference on Total Therapy 3a and 3b regarding the newly diagnosed High Risk Multiple Myeloma patients. It’s […]

New Struggles with Remission – What?!

“A piece of me goes with them.” – Lori Puente We lost another giant soul in Myelomaville last week (Hanna – Margaret’s heartfelt tribute). Some of us knew it was coming, but it still hits you hard. Every time this happens I feel sadness and meloncholy. Each time someone relapses and goes back for more […]

Attitude in Health (and Life)

“Attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference.” Winston Churchill This continues to be a controversial topic. There are some scientific studies and research that have been going on forever on this. It’s a difficult test to run and quantify accurately in a way that is definitive.  I tend to be cautious when […]