Body & Mind Struggles…..

I’ve said on my last few entries, how absolutely fatigued I have been feeling. I had my weekly Dr. bloodwork appt yesterday and found out why I have been feeling so horrid. To make the story short…I have another UTI that is kicking my butt…my RBC a…

Day 30

Hi all, My posting on this blog is poor at the moment. I think I’m associating it with feeling unwell, which I still do on occasion but generally I feel well. I had a cold last week but that seems to have cleared up quite quickly. They tell me that I w…

Ready for Transplant #2

Mark & I met with Dr. Zangari today. All his test came back great, so he gave Mark the go-ahead to start the second transplant. However, last time Mark was given just the double dose of Melphalan. This time Mark will be doing the Chemo drugs starti…

Nothing Particular Buzzing Around…….

in this little chemo brain of mine today. :) That can be a very good thing! The mindless wanderings, do take me to places, of course, but I am using my powers of choice to allow them to flit in and then flit out as quickly as they occur. When some…

Wow on to High School

Well Shane graduated last Wednesday afternoon from the Grantsville JR high school. We are proud, way to go Shane!Just another 8 months and Shane can have a learners permit for driving. I am not ready for this. He started his new job only a day after sc…

Positive News at Doctor’s Appt. Today :)

Today was my monthly visit with Dr. Nair. Actually, I go to the doctor’s office once a week to have blood drawn and have a complete blood count done (CBC) in the office, to check on what those little bugger white, red, hematicrits and and hemoglobins …

Day 23

Gerry, Gerry, Thanks for the package. Yes the dots are interesting. For those not in the know, Gerry sent me a huge package of Sweets (Candy) and other stuff, from the US . Still finding more varieties at the bottom of the box. Too kind.Quiet day toda…

Strapper’s Journey 2009-06-03 22:02:00

The change

Okay everybody, Steph has got so busy building a new company for her job and trying to spend some quality time with her family we have decided to let me take over the blog for a little while tell Steph can come back.
First we would like to thank Steph so much for all she has done with this page and hope that I don’t mess up all her hard work. Thank you Steph we love you.
So I would like to let everyone know I am not as great as Steph at this stuff. So if you will bear with me I will try to keep you up to date as things happen with Mark and his treatments.
Any questions or advice please e-mail or comment me, I will take any I can get.
So let’s back up to Memorial weekend.
Mark was given the okay to go to the dunes. That made him real happy sense he missed Easter weekend. Three of his brother’s and their families came out. Even his Dad & mom came for a day. A lot of our friends were there to help him out.
Mark took his rail to Delta on Saturday to some sand drags that were in town just to see what it would do. He said he heard the Doc say “no riding” he didn’t hear “no driving”. He was careful though.
Mark said he was happier to be driving his semi down there than to be going to the dunes.


This is how Mark likes to travel


This is what friends and family have to do when you brake your toy’s

Okay funs over.
Mark has his schedule for the second transplant. He had his new port put in last week and know he is doing all the testing before transplant. He did labs, pulmonary and ECHO today. Thursday is MRI and CT’s. Friday is the bone biopsy. We meet Dr Zangari on Wednesday the 10th .On the 12 he will start the chemo for four days. If all goes according to schedule then he should transplant on June 16th.
Again Thank you Steph and bear with me everyone.
Also thank you to all of you who do watch Marks blog page.

Strapper’s Journey 2009-06-03 21:02:00

The change

Okay everybody, Steph has got so busy building a new company for her job and trying to spend some quality time with her family we have decided to let me take over the blog for a little while tell Steph can come back.
First we would like to thank Steph so much for all she has done with this page and hope that I don’t mess up all her hard work. Thank you Steph we love you.
So I would like to let everyone know I am not as great as Steph at this stuff. So if you will bear with me I will try to keep you up to date as things happen with Mark and his treatments.
Any questions or advice please e-mail or comment me, I will take any I can get.
So let’s back up to Memorial weekend.
Mark was given the okay to go to the dunes. That made him real happy sense he missed Easter weekend. Three of his brother’s and their families came out. Even his Dad & mom came for a day. A lot of our friends were there to help him out.
Mark took his rail to Delta on Saturday to some sand drags that were in town just to see what it would do. He said he heard the Doc say “no riding” he didn’t hear “no driving”. He was careful though.
Mark said he was happier to be driving his semi down there than to be going to the dunes.


This is how Mark likes to travel


This is what friends and family have to do when you brake your toy’s

Okay funs over.
Mark has his schedule for the second transplant. He had his new port put in last week and know he is doing all the testing before transplant. He did labs, pulmonary and ECHO today. Thursday is MRI and CT’s. Friday is the bone biopsy. We meet Dr Zangari on Wednesday the 10th .On the 12 he will start the chemo for four days. If all goes according to schedule then he should transplant on June 16th.
Again Thank you Steph and bear with me everyone.
Also thank you to all of you who do watch Marks blog page.

Cycling Continues

I’m referring to my ad hoc clinical trial of one in which I cycle the use of curcumin. A bit of background info is probably needed so bear with me.Back on September 9th of last year I started on 28 day Revlimid+Dex regimen (25 mg days 1-21 + 20 mg days…