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Chicago Visit With Team Teva

I was honored to be in ChiTown this week as part of the Bendeka Patient Advocacy Groups Advisory Board hosted by Teva Pharmaceuticals. Some of you might recall that I was treated with Teva Pharmaceutical’s drug Bendeka last year with very positive results. While in Chicago I had the opportunity to meet with some of [...]
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Teva Pharmaceuticals Presentation

Last week I had the pleasure of telling my story to a group of Teva Pharmaceutical Oncology employees at their annual field meeting. If I could sum up the week in one word it would have to be “meaningful”. For those unfamiliar with the backstory, Teva manufactures the chemotherapy drug Bendeka. Bendeka was the drug [...]
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De-Portation

Yesterday I was officially de-ported as my chemo chest port was no longer needed. My port was inserted on July 15th after which followed four rounds of chemo that proved very effective. I made it a point to try to remain as active as possible around treatments since I believe cancer has a tough time [...]
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Video Shoot Recap!

On Monday November 28th we opened our doors to a small army of people inclusive of marketing representatives, a film producer, and a band of video, sound, and production guys. We began filming at 8 AM at our house where my wife and I talked about my leukemia story and its impact on our lives. [...]
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I’m All DONE

I am extremely happy to say that I am all finished with my chemo treatments!!! I had my check up this morning and the decision to stop was a pretty easy one. My labs all came back normal and my lymph nodes have all returned to normal size. There is no reason to continue. I [...]
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It’s a Feeling

When you live with a chronic disease like leukemia you have very heightened intuition. You develop a honed sense of self and learn how to analyze and differentiate between the little systemic bugs, chinks, and cliches that “normal” people face, and those that may be disease related. That skill becomes more advanced the longer you [...]
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2016 Chemo Round 4

I’m going to keep this update short and sweet because quite honestly, that’s how this round of treatment felt. Short, and sweet. Monday started with a checkup with my doc which went really well. My white count was a little low but that is to be expected at this stage of treatment. Given my incredible [...]
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2016 Chemo Round 3

For those of you keeping score at home…round 3 of chemo concluded today without any issues. My blood counts were good and I continue to both respond and tolerate treatment pretty well.  I haven’t slept yet since yesterday due to the beauty and curse of my favorite (said nobody ever) steroid decadron but sleeping is [...]
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What’s New? Glad You Asked

Happy Blood Cancer Awareness month!! I haven’t posted in a little bit but that doesn’t mean life hasn’t been busy. Let me try to catch you up to speed with some recent news and happenings. First, as I’ve been actively writing and talking about, I commence with round three of chemo treatment on Monday and Tuesday, September [...]
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It was a Good Day

It was a good day yesterday. It was a really good day. Starting with a great mid-cycle check up with my oncolodoc. Blood levels look good, lymph nodes are retreating, and I am tolerating treatment very well. I wish I could put his reaction in a bottle for future use. He was genuinely  happy and [...]
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