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[ by | Oct 21, 2014 10:34 am | No Comment ]
Letters From Cancerland: Reefer Madness

I have a good friend who’s been bugging me lately about my health. Call him Bob (which is, in fact, his real name). Bob and I have been friends for almost 30 years, despite the fact that we have not seen one another for almost a quarter century. Bob and his wife have lived in Alaska for the last 22 years, so all of our contact is by phone or email.

Bob is a “fixer.” Bob is a lot of things, to be honest, but high on his list of …

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[ by | Oct 17, 2014 1:32 pm | 21 Comments ]
Mohr’s Myeloma Musings: What A Difference A Year Makes

I consider myself an optimist. I always see the glass half full rather than half empty. This approach has served me well since my multiple mye­lo­ma diagnosis two and a half years ago.

However, while awaiting the blood test results of my regular check-ups, I turn into a pessimist. I expect the worst, and I mentally prepare myself for the worst possible news. I have no explanation for this change in attitude that I go through every three months.

In addition, a sense of paranoia overcomes me on the days …

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[ by | Oct 15, 2014 6:46 pm | 23 Comments ]
Myeloma In Paradise: You Look Really Good

Multiple myeloma is very frustrating.

I know, I know. I am stating the obvious. Sometimes it just helps to say it out loud.

How can I have terminal cancer and not be sick? I mean, I see the results of the lab tests and mostly I understand them, so I know I really do have this cursed disease. However, I don’t really feel sick.

For those of you battling disease with very real – and very difficult – symptoms, this probably sounds like a rich man complaining about poor butler …

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[ by | Oct 10, 2014 9:51 am | 16 Comments ]
Northern Lights: Tilting At Windmills

Last month, my husband and I attended the first performance of the season of the Alberta Ballet, the classical ballet “Don Quixote.”

Our regional ballet company put on quite an ambitious production, with Don Quixote riding a live horse onto the stage, which to me was a typically western gesture.

The ballet reminded me that I wanted to read the novel “Don Quixote” because the phrase ‘tilting at windmills’ had lodged in my brain, and I thought it might have some relevance to my myeloma journey. I wanted to go to …

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[ by | Oct 7, 2014 1:26 pm | 8 Comments ]
Sean’s Burgundy Thread: Remembered And Revered

During my six-year wrestling match with multiple myeloma, I have been blessed to have had some wonderfully encouraging people stand in my corner.

Today I learned that one of those folks, the ‘Madman of Rock n’ Roll,’ Paul Revere of Paul Revere and the Raiders fame, passed away peacefully after a protracted battle with cancer.

A savvy, successful businessman and talented entertainer, Paul was one of the nicest guys I have ever had the pleasure of working with. He was big-hearted, ever mischievous, and on stage or off, he was …

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