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[ by | Dec 19, 2014 6:49 pm | 9 Comments ]
Myeloma In Paradise: It’s A Matter Of Perspective

I struggled mightily with my column this month. I started, stopped, started again, and finally gave up on a half-finished story that seemed relevant at the begin­ning, but eventually got mired in minutiae that my heart just wasn’t into.

What struck me was that the things that were important a few weeks ago when I started to write seemed exceptionally trivial just a short time later.

What changed?

My perspective.

You see, during this period I was touched by the situations some of our fellow patients are in and the real­i­za­tion how much worse off they are than me. During this period, I also paid a visit to my aging and ailing parents, who are also in what I perceive to be a much more difficult situ­a­tion than myself.

I know, I know. You are thinking, “Here comes the diatribe about how there is always somebody worse off than yourself.” But that’s not it exactly. …

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[ by | Dec 17, 2014 4:30 pm | 18 Comments ]
Sean’s Burgundy Thread: ‘Twas The First Day Of Chemo

It was in December of 2008, six short years ago, that I first began infusion treatments in my madcap battle against multiple myeloma.

Diagnosed at Thanksgiving, I spent Christmas and the better part of the next nine months in Arkansas, several hours away from my home, wife, and young children.

In the spirit of the holidays, and with my sincere – for the most part – apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, author of ‘The Night Before Christ­mas,’ I offer the following silliness:

‘Twas The First Day Of Chemo

‘Twas my …

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[ by | Dec 15, 2014 6:05 pm | 7 Comments ]
Letters From Cancerland: Tunnel Vision

Living with multiple myeloma for the last decade, I have tunnel vision. It’s myeloma this, myeloma that. It’s the oncology appointment every five weeks, the bottle of Revlimid (lenalidomide) on the table, the peripheral neuropathy, the blood draws, the whole nine yards of myeloma. Even this column: myeloma, oncology, death, and treatment. Myeloma, myeloma, myeloma.

Tunnel vision.

Not that myeloma isn’t a major factor in my life. I’m not suggesting that a little positive thinking or a different focus would allow me to zip through my days …

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[ by | Dec 11, 2014 5:07 pm | 8 Comments ]
Northern Lights: My Grown-Up Holiday List

The days are getting much shorter here in the Northern Hemisphere, and we are approaching another solstice. This is a time of cheerful lights, caroling songs, and celebrating with family and friends.

It is also the time for spiritual reflection on the end of one year and the birth of a new one.

As part of this reflection, I would like to share some of my ‘grown up’ wishes for the myeloma community.

At the very top of my holiday wish list is a cure for myeloma. …

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[ by | Dec 10, 2014 3:12 pm | 3 Comments ] Deutsche Übersetzung
ASH 2014 Multiple Myeloma Update - Day Two: Education Session And Midday Oral Session

This past Sunday was the second day of the American Society of Hema­tology’s (ASH) annual meeting, which was held in San Francisco.

As on the first day of the meeting, myeloma-related pre­sen­ta­tions once again took place during several sessions throughout the day.

A myeloma-related education session held the first day of the conference was repeated once again on Sunday morning.

While the education session was being held, a separate “scientific sym­po­sium” with two oral pre­sen­ta­tions took place in parallel.  The session focused on a novel immunotherapeutic approach to treating cancer …

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[ by | Dec 8, 2014 7:02 am | 5 Comments ] Deutsche Übersetzung
ASH 2014 Multiple Myeloma Update – Day One: Poster Session

Saturday was the official first day of the 2014 American Society of Hema­tology (ASH) annual meeting. The day featured a wide range of interesting pre­sen­ta­tions about multiple myeloma.

Oral presentations about new treatments under development were given mid-day and were summarized in a Beacon ASH Daily Update published yesterday morning.

During Saturday evening, a poster session took place where important new research findings were summarized in posters displayed throughout two separate large conference halls.

The studies covered a variety of myeloma-related topics, ranging from new treatments being developed for myeloma, …

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