June 2010

Ok Mark just hates this blog thing. That is why it has not been updated to often. So I will randomly keep you all up with things or post to Facebook.I will let you know, Mark is still in remission and doing so well that he is going off some meds for a …

Time for an update already

Mark is still doing great. No sign of the myeloma in any of his tests YAY! He has some neuropathy that started in his feet that makes his feet hurt and uncomfortable all the time. He has stopped taking one of the meds that may be causing this. He still…

February 2010

Hello everyone, February has been a pretty good month for us.

Mark had his port checked out and hooray no surgery it was fine. It just needed some cleaning out. Then Mark had all his testing done for our appointment with Dr “Z”. Everything has checked out great! He is still in remission. Mark is doing so well that some of the lesions are mending themselves. This is rear but has been seen in a few patients. In another three months Mark may be off his maintenance (the velcide and Dex he dose every Wed.) if he continues to do so well.

We did get to look at T-5 vertebra and I don’t have much to say there but, “If it don’t hurt, don’t mess with it” the tumor did shrink with the radiation. But the way T-5 exploded really doesn’t give Mark much hope of fixing it. It could paralyze him if the littlest mistake happened. There is always room for a second opinion down the road.

Mark also caught his first cold, bronchitis. Mark’s immune system is like a new baby. He has one now, but it is not strong yet. So this had him down for a few days, he is feeling much better and now knows to stay far away from sick people.

Carlos had his first birthday. Both he and Mark were sick so they could not celebrate together.

Not everyone get’s to drive Grandpa’s car!

I can’t resist bragging.. I did my first 5K! By no means am I a runner. Being an ex smoker (a little over one year) I did my first walk/jog 5k in 45 min in the cold wind. I loved it and who knows what will be next. At first it was to say “BEEN THERE, DONE THAT.. GOT THE T-SHIRT!” (Thanks Tina) But they didn’t give out the T-shirt. All money went to the Red Cross for Haiti. So I loved it and will do it again (March 27th?)
Brrrrrritt and Lori, Nope not cold!
Me and my friend Lori, after

Hello New Year

Nothing has happen for the month of January, just some much needed relaxing.

Mark will go in on Feb 5th to have his port checked out, he has had some problems with it not wanting too work right. If they find any problems on the inside they will take him straight into surgery and replace it. Then February is Mark’s three month work up and see Dr Zangari. On the 12th we go for a MRI and hope that this time we can see if the tumor has shrunk any and how that T-5 vertebra looks. He will do all his labs and tests then on the 19th we will see Dr Z.

Let’s all keep our fingers crossed that he is still in remission.

Congratulations to Brittany for finishing school YAY!!

Carlos will turn one on the 16th of this month. Grandpa’s little buddy

Congratulations to Brooke’s sister, Brandi and husband they had a beautiful baby girl.

Good bye 2009

Ok 2009 was a really bad year for this family!! There are a few highlights but not many that happened. The biggest! Mark made it through it all and is now in remission and staying strong and positive.

I will do a little recap of the year that we want to forget with a couple exceptions.

As everyone who still reads this knows we started the year out by moving to Salt Lake City so Mark could be closer to the hospital to do the collecting of his stem cells. Then back home again in Febuary when he finished collecting.

A couple of good things did happen. Britt had baby Carlos in February.
Carlos Feb 16. 2009

First transplant was March 10th Mark got very sick, but still was home with me taking care of him there. Second transplant was June 16th it started off on a good foot, but then took a turn for the bad when Mark got a fever and ended up in the hospital. Several days in the hospital and then released on his birthday June 28th.

By July 30th the cancer was officially in remission. YAY!

July I also found my mother in diabetic shock and she spent several days in the hospital, then had to put her in the Nursing Home, hated that.

September, Mark’s friends put on a car show for him “Crusin for Strapper”. Again we can’t thank everyone enough for the out pour of friends and family that came to help out there. Thank you!
October, A couple of good things, Shane got his first deer. Mark’s hair came back FAST, dark black and curly
November was the last Thanksgiving with my mother. My oldest daughter and her boy’s were able to come to dinner, but Brooke was in the hospital and Britt was so sick she ended up in the ER that evening.

December has ended with the worst of all things. I had been putting off a surgery for a few years now. I felt that Mark was doing ok and that my mother was doing ok in the nursing home. So on the 2nd I went in for the surgery on the 4th I got a call from the nursing home that my mother has fallen and is being taken to the ER. Long story shortened… she had nothing wrong with her head.. BUT they had found on the CT that her heart was having problems. They said she was too weak to with stand surgery and gave her about six months. She passed away 48 hours later.
Rest in peace my sweet mom, I miss you so much.

We did get everyone together for Christmas and that was a good thing and a real nice way of putting everything behind us for a little while.
So looking forward and hoping for a much better year to start. Being thankful that we are all here and that Mark has pulled through all this. My fortune cookie said ” your troubles will cease and fortune will smile upon you” I can only hope it is right.

Thank you to all of you who have helped us get through this year in any way.
Bring on 2010!!

November ’09’

This month has been quit event full. The starting was pretty quiet. Mark is still doing his Wednesday treatments and everything looks real good.

The closer we got to Thanksgiving though everyone had a mishap. Not Mark! Our daughter (Mark’s daughter) Brooke was going home from work and passed out on the UTA van. They ambulanced her to Tooele and they sent her to the University of Utah. At first they thought she was having seizers. The U found that she had bleeding going on in her stomach and went in and fixed it right away. She did miss Thanksgiving with her families, but it was a good thing they made her go in that ambulance. She is home and recovering nicely.

Then our grandson Carlos fell and ended up in the ER for a big bump and cut on his chubby head. No stitches, but one big goose egg. It is so wonderful when they are learning to walk.

Then Britt (my daughter) ended up with the flu and in the ER on Thanksgiving Day. She could not keep anything down and got very dehydrated. She missed Thanksgiving also, but is doing very well now.

Thanksgiving Day we had my oldest daughter (Toni) and her boys for dinner. I was able to spring my mom from the Nursing Home for a few good hours. She has not been doing so well the last few months so this has became a real challenge taking her out. It is a good thing I like a challenge every now and then.

sorry about the bad picture, my camera broke.

Dominick, Christopher and Mark. I am sure glad
Christopher didn’t show us that mouth full.

Look Grandpa’s hair don’t come out no more!!

Then the boy’s took off for the dunes… I stayed home for my mom and other little thing that needed me here. They came back because something was wrong with the big red truck. So they unload everything and load up with Wes and went anyways. I love when he is doing what he likes to do the most. Of course he can’t ride but just being there makes his day.

OCTOBER- still in remission & Shane’s deer hunt

Hello everyone, we haven’t stopped blogging we have been living life. We’re trying to get back to as normal of a life as possible. I still will keep everyone updated as things happen, tests are done and so on.

This month Mark has been doing tests like the bone biopsy, MRI’s and blood work to make sure he is staying in remission. This will happen every three months. He still will be going to the Huntsman for his treatments of valcade and Dex every week for a year, this is his maintenance. We seen Dr. Zangari yesterday (10-30-09)for his results and I am very happy to say Mark is still in remission and doing so well that some of the bone lesions are repairing themselves. This is rare but they are seeing more of it. He has been on a medicine that makes him grouchy, boy I am ready to run out the door some days. Doc changed it to a lighter dose we will see how that works. He also developed a rash that is called seborrheic dermatitis that he is being treated for on his face. Shhh its sensitive skin, but I didn’t tell you that.

Mark has gotten hair in the last six or so weeks! So much on is face he can’t shave fast enough.

Mark and Carlos 9-6-09

10-09

10-09 No they are not Halloween pictures

Now I just realized I have left Shane out of the blog for October. Shane went to Grandpa Ken’s for the deer hunt this year like every year. Joe and Shane went up on the mountain Saturday morning and hiked around looking for the big one. Afternoon came around and Joe had to go home. Shane asked Grandpa if he could take the four wheeler up to the ponds above their house to look for deer. Shane had only been up there a few minutes when he heard shots. Around the bushes came a rhino with a couple of people. They asked Shane if he was hunting, Shane said yes. These people told him to come with them down in the brush that there is another one with the one they just shot. Sure enough there it was, the guy kept telling Shane to shoot. Shane was not quit sure it was a buck, but the guy kept telling him to shoot. He did, he got it. They went down to get it and on the way Shane was calling Mark at Grandpa’s (yep that is how close they were to home, he had cell service) Mark is thinking how are we going to get this deer. Mark can’t lift and Ken just had knee surgery. Just then Travis and Brooke showed up at the door. Quickly they all headed up the road. The nice men that help Shane shoot the deer had already cleaned it for him and were heading off with their deer. So Shane got his first deer with the help of strangers. I would like to thank them for being so kind to my kid. Most people would not have even stopped.

Shane’s first deer (my mighty hunter) 10-09
Poor little 2 point

Thank you everyone!!!

I am sorry this has taken so long to put out a THANK YOU. We are still in shock to how many generous and carrying people you all are.

There are just so many people we want to thank. My words are just not even close to showing our appreciation.

I will just start with a special THANK YOU to Steve & Cindy Trujillo, to Tim & Susan Petroff and their family, Bill & Tracy Strickland and also J.C Hackett and friends. If it wasn’t for friends like you I don’t know were we would be. THANK YOU!!!

Here are just a few of the pictures of a 158 entrees.
This was before it all started.

THANK YOU EVERYONE!!
Mark “Strapper” & Dianna

Strapper’s Journey 2009-09-04 21:53:00

Here is a flyer for a car show for Mark. Incase you can not read the flyer…

Cruisin for “Strapper”
One mile at a time
Car, truck, bike show
Sponsored by
Casa del Ray – Tim Petroff – Strickly truckin
Sunday – September 20th
At Casa del Ray
533 E. Main St
Grantville Ut
$15.00 entry fee (includes T shirt)
Registration from 11:00 – noon
Show from noon to 4:30
Awards at 5:00
Food – Drinks – Raffle – Silent Auction

If you want to donate or have questions call
Steve 801-910-9586 or Tim Petroff 435-840-8189 – Bill Strickland 435-241-0162
Mark “Strapper” Allred was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer. Mark has now received two stem cell transplants. (now in remission)

So spread the word, mark your calendar and come enjoy the day with music by J.C Hacett


By the way Mark’s hair is finally coming back in. Mark’s labs are still looking good and he is filling ALMOST back to his old self.

Strapper’s Journey 2009-09-04 20:53:00

Here is a flyer for a car show for Mark. Incase you can not read the flyer…

Cruisin for “Strapper”
One mile at a time
Car, truck, bike show
Sponsored by
Casa del Ray – Tim Petroff – Strickly truckin
Sunday – September 20th
At Casa del Ray
533 E. Main St
Grantville Ut
$15.00 entry fee (includes T shirt)
Registration from 11:00 – noon
Show from noon to 4:30
Awards at 5:00
Food – Drinks – Raffle – Silent Auction

If you want to donate or have questions call
Steve 801-910-9586 or Tim Petroff 435-840-8189 – Bill Strickland 435-241-0162
Mark “Strapper” Allred was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a blood cancer. Mark has now received two stem cell transplants. (now in remission)

So spread the word, mark your calendar and come enjoy the day with music by J.C Hacett


By the way Mark’s hair is finally coming back in. Mark’s labs are still looking good and he is filling ALMOST back to his old self.