Unpredictable

These things are all unpredictable but can turn out very well. When I was diagnosed I had rapidly graying brown hair. After Chemo, it came in jet black, but then fairly quickly reverted to its original brown. 7 years later the grey is just starting to return. My brother, who’s 65, now has hair completely white. While I might prefer his health, he’s more annoyed about my lack of grey.

Mark,<br>I’m a good friend of Kevin Henderson’s. …

Mark,
I’m a good friend of Kevin Henderson’s. I recently have been diagnosed with Multiple Mylenoma. I just started my initial chemo sessions with velcade/dex. Hopefully, my outcome will be one like yours. I don’t feel like this is the end of the world, only a speed bump in life. We’ll see. Hopefully we can keep in contact.
Thanks,
Lance

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Hi Mark,<br> I have found your blog very helpful i…

Hi Mark,
I have found your blog very helpful in understanding how it is for the person going through these teatments. My mom read it, & of course, can really relate.She said the way you describe your experiences,is to the “T”, on how she feels.I am so happy to hear you are doing well & will pray for you, & all,going through this dreadful experience.Sincerly,Kera H Winnipeg,Manitoba

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Multiple Myeloma World Tour 2006-08-12 14:15:00

San Diego and Del Mar Trip
We have to escape from the desert heat, so we have taken trips to Del Mar, San Diego and Big Bear where is is cool and breezy.
We are SD Padres fans and took in a game at Petco Park. When we left in early July, it was 120 in Palm Desert. We came home on Aug. 6 and it has staying around 104 or so and dry, a relief.

A recent photo of our granddaughter, Annika. She was 3 in Feb. Quite a little gal. Of course, she has all of us wrapped around her little finger.

Father’s Day in the Desert
Rick, Kierstin and Annika came down for the day and we celebrated Father’s Day at Las Consuelas in Palm Desert. They make a huge margarita and I had one. My wife Bonnie gets to tend to our granddaughters managing their every needs.

Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival



























Karen, Annika, Kierstin, Rick and I are anxious to get to the food court and have a breakfast burrito.






















The Temecula Wine and Balloon Festival over Memorial Weekend was well attended with over 60 balloons filling the sky in the early morning. What a beautiful sight. We spent most of the day there on into the evening with our son Rick and his family that live in Temecula.



















May 26, 2006
Annual Rotary Golf Tournament at Desert Willows Country Club

I played a round of golf last Friday with a group of Rotary Club friends for a fund raiser. Our club raised over $3500 for local community projects that focuses on youth and seniors. Our club’s foundation, which I am president, donates over $20,000 per year back to our community. Desert Cancer Foundation is one example of our donations. The Desert Cancer Foundation helps local cancer patients who can’t pay for treatment & medications.

Sure took a lot out of me, as I hadn’t even held a golf club for over 6 years. Barely made it. Good thing the tournament was best ball. The weather cooperated and was in the 90’s with a good breeze.

Yes, that is a cold long neck beer.

2006 Spring Break at the River

Bonnie and I visited our son Mike and his wife Pam at their getaway home at Hidden Shores, near Yuma, CA. They have a party boat, quads in a resort along the Colorado River. The river was like glass but still cool this time of the year. We had a great time with the granddaughters.

We enjoyed sunsets and evenings on Mike and Pam’s friends patio deck overlooking the whole area. Jaime and Phyllis have a park model done in a tropical theme.
We made the trip with our new Lexus RX400h. It is an amazing suv. The Lexus replaces the Excursion Diesel.






I received my bi-monthly Aredia last Thursday and reviewed the results of recent lab reports. Good news. No m-spike and IGG is at 1200. All cbc and blood panels are normal range. Still on 50 mg Thal 5 times a week for maintenance since tandem auto stem cell transplants in 2003.




Borrowing our granddaughter , Kierstin, during her Spring Break
Bonnie and I visited our son Rick’s family last Friday. When we left on Sunday, we surprized them and our granddaughter came home to stay with us because it is Spring Break at her school. What a pleasure and she is enjoying the visit and extra spoiling by us both. We visited Living Desert, went shopping with Bonnie, was a special guest at my Wednesday morning Rotary Club meeting, spent time with me at computer clients to meet very friendly people, participated in helping close friends get to the airport in Palm Springs and joined me for afternoon walks for exercise.

We spent time playing games and catching up with her activities, both at home and at school. Her Mom and Dad miss her a lot as she misses them, so we are taking her home today. She misses her Bichon Lexie and her younger sister Annika.Lexie_with_the_girls.jpg

Multiple Myeloma World Tour 2006-08-12 13:15:00

San Diego and Del Mar Trip
We have to escape from the desert heat, so we have taken trips to Del Mar, San Diego and Big Bear where is is cool and breezy.
We are SD Padres fans and took in a game at Petco Park. When we left in early July, it was 120 in Palm Desert. We came home on Aug. 6 and it has staying around 104 or so and dry, a relief.

A recent photo of our granddaughter, Annika. She was 3 in Feb. Quite a little gal. Of course, she has all of us wrapped around her little finger.

Father’s Day in the Desert
Rick, Kierstin and Annika came down for the day and we celebrated Father’s Day at Las Consuelas in Palm Desert. They make a huge margarita and I had one. My wife Bonnie gets to tend to our granddaughters managing their every needs.

Temecula Balloon and Wine Festival



























Karen, Annika, Kierstin, Rick and I are anxious to get to the food court and have a breakfast burrito.






















The Temecula Wine and Balloon Festival over Memorial Weekend was well attended with over 60 balloons filling the sky in the early morning. What a beautiful sight. We spent most of the day there on into the evening with our son Rick and his family that live in Temecula.



















May 26, 2006
Annual Rotary Golf Tournament at Desert Willows Country Club

I played a round of golf last Friday with a group of Rotary Club friends for a fund raiser. Our club raised over $3500 for local community projects that focuses on youth and seniors. Our club’s foundation, which I am president, donates over $20,000 per year back to our community. Desert Cancer Foundation is one example of our donations. The Desert Cancer Foundation helps local cancer patients who can’t pay for treatment & medications.

Sure took a lot out of me, as I hadn’t even held a golf club for over 6 years. Barely made it. Good thing the tournament was best ball. The weather cooperated and was in the 90’s with a good breeze.

Yes, that is a cold long neck beer.

2006 Spring Break at the River

Bonnie and I visited our son Mike and his wife Pam at their getaway home at Hidden Shores, near Yuma, CA. They have a party boat, quads in a resort along the Colorado River. The river was like glass but still cool this time of the year. We had a great time with the granddaughters.

We enjoyed sunsets and evenings on Mike and Pam’s friends patio deck overlooking the whole area. Jaime and Phyllis have a park model done in a tropical theme.
We made the trip with our new Lexus RX400h. It is an amazing suv. The Lexus replaces the Excursion Diesel.






I received my bi-monthly Aredia last Thursday and reviewed the results of recent lab reports. Good news. No m-spike and IGG is at 1200. All cbc and blood panels are normal range. Still on 50 mg Thal 5 times a week for maintenance since tandem auto stem cell transplants in 2003.




Borrowing our granddaughter , Kierstin, during her Spring Break
Bonnie and I visited our son Rick’s family last Friday. When we left on Sunday, we surprized them and our granddaughter came home to stay with us because it is Spring Break at her school. What a pleasure and she is enjoying the visit and extra spoiling by us both. We visited Living Desert, went shopping with Bonnie, was a special guest at my Wednesday morning Rotary Club meeting, spent time with me at computer clients to meet very friendly people, participated in helping close friends get to the airport in Palm Springs and joined me for afternoon walks for exercise.

We spent time playing games and catching up with her activities, both at home and at school. Her Mom and Dad miss her a lot as she misses them, so we are taking her home today. She misses her Bichon Lexie and her younger sister Annika.Lexie_with_the_girls.jpg

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Well, uhm… I kind of stretched the actual happen…

Well, uhm… I kind of stretched the actual happenings into a ‘yarn’ in this one. I had thought that the part about the Doc putting his foot on my chest would have tipped off any reader, that what followed was mularkey.

Sorry to anyone who was shocked or worried. The thing came out real easy. I barely felt a thing.

– Mark

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Hey Mark:<br>I know i wasn’t fun for you, but I la…

Hey Mark:
I know i wasn’t fun for you, but I laughed my ass off. You are amazing. How you can keep you sense of humor through all this is beyond me.

Glad to see you’re at least strong enough to launch a doctor! I hear that’s going to be a new Olympi sport in 2010, so it looks like you have a jump on things.

Hope Kermit has been keeping you entertained and that you continue to improve by the hour.

If there’s anything I can do to help, let me know.

I hear that doctors in England are running trials on patients with multiple myeloma using pints of Guinness — orally of course. I think we need to do some trials of our own when you’re back up and about.

Like the doctor pulling out the catheter said, “Hey, it can’t hurt!”

Best regards. I’ll try and write more inane ramblings soon.

By the way…you should consider capturing this blog and offering it to a publisher…it’s awesome! You’re a far better writer than I!
— Rich

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Current Events In and Around Palm Desert


March 17, 2005
The Pacific Life Tennis Tournament is now being held at the Indian Wells Tennis Gardens. It is being televised on ESPN. Sure is adding to the economy of the area but also adding to the numerous snowbirds enjoying the winter in the desert southwest.

It is a must to join our friends at 11:15 or 4:30 to be able to beat the crowds at the many fine restaurants or the wait times are long, even with reservations. Yesterday, we spent time and had a great lunch at a restaurant at the River in Rancho Mirage with fellow myeloma support list friends, Jan and Jim Hughes visiting from Oregon. They are down out of the rainy and cold NorthWest to enjoy the sun, golf and friends in the area.


John Marzicola and I are enjoying the recent annual Golf Cart Parade in Palm Desert. Note the ever present water I carry. Hundreds of golf carts are designed, constructed and then entered in this parade that benefit a variety of local charities. We didn’t get too carried away on our Rotary Club cart’s design, but we had an impressive marching contingency from The Retarded of the Desert with us.

We enjoyed breakfast with their clients at the pre-parade pancake breakfast.

This is a major event enjoyed by locals and visiters from all over the country. We are not trying to compete with the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, though. This parade runs along El Paseo in Palm Desert, very comparable to Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. According to the Chamber of Commerce.