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I’ve been busy!

No one understands how busy people get these days better than me.  I should probably start saying “NO!”  But by writing a lot–and for different publications–I believe I can reach more patients and caregivers. My mission is to help as many people who have been touched by cancer as possible.  And by focusing on multiple myeloma, I hope to help myself, too .  A definite WIN/WIN! There I go wondering off again!  My point is that I wouldn’t expect readers to search-out and follow my work all across the worldwide web!  So here are some links to several columns and blog posts I have written recently. First, here’s a post I wrote last month that takes a slightly different look at maintenance therapy:

A Patient’s Blog: Figuring Out a Maintenance Strategy

Next, this post focused on the importance of wringing every possible day out of a successful therapy; because we never know how well our next therapy regimen will work:

Ride your therapy horse until it drops!

This post made the front page of the IMF’s Myeloma Minute newsletter this week:

Think Like a CEO to Build a Winning Health Care Team

Finally, did you catch my monthly column Thursday in the Myeloma Beacon?  Since I often have issues linking to Beacon content, here is an excerpt:

Pat’s Place: What Is It About The Moon?

There was a full moon Labor Day weekend.  The sky was clear all three nights here in Florida.  The moon’s light was filtered as it passed through the humid late summer’s air, forming a bright halo. Walking beneath the full moon reminded me of the trying months following my multiple myeloma diagnosis. Believe it or not, the moon played an important role in my initial recovery five years ago in Wisconsin.  Even though I could barely walk, I will never forget stumbling down to the end of the block and back each night.  As I walked, I gazed-up at the moon.  It was my beacon — a symbol of hope. As I slowly recovered from radiation and chemotherapy, a shattered vertebra, and a pair of broken ribs, I extended the length of my evening walks step by step.  Eventually, I was able to make it up a steep hill nearby and walk a half mile along a dead-end road that overlooked our home. It was isolated and quiet.  No streetlights — and only an occasional set of headlights — to distract me from my upward gaze. What is it about the moon?  It always rose above the trees in a slightly different spot, revealing an intriguingly different size and shape.  And the way the sun’s light reflected brightly across its surface inspired me to keep walking. But that was a different moon than I see now.  The cool, clear spring nights back in Wisconsin allowed the moon to shine crisp and bright.  Now its summer light in Florida seems more diffuse and less clear; a metaphor for my life after a troubling myeloma relapse? I still enjoy walking at night.  Just me, my dog Finnegan, and the moon.  Half way along my favorite route, I always pause to enjoy the image of my moon, sitting just above a large palm tree and reflecting off the water of a nearby lake…
You can read the rest by going to http://www.myelomabeacon.com/.  Simply scroll-down until you see my smiling face!  The column is dated September 6th. I look so young!  That picture was the professional shot I used on my real estate cards back in Wisconsin.  It’s at least seven years old.  I think I’ve aged twenty years since then–at least if feels that way! Have a great weekend!  Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat