Today's Myeloma Monday is brought to us by Tim Marciniak, 41, from Bay City, Michigan. Bay City happens to be my mother's hometown, so much love to Tim and his family!
Where were you born and raised?
- Born and raised in Bay City, MI
- Currently live in Essexville (borders Bay City)
- 8/16/09 - 41
- Never heard of it
- Blooperball. I hurt my back playing and when I went to my doctor I told him how tired and fatigued I have been. He ordered bloodwork and WHAM….MM!!!
- Receive treatment in Bay City and at Karmanos in Detroit
- 9/9/09 Started Revlimid (25mg) for 21 days then 7 days off. 4 cycles at roughly a month per cycle
- 9/9/09 Started Dex (40mg) once a week for 28 days
- 10/16/09 Started taking Lovenox shots (150mg, blood thinner) once a day
- 11/28/09 Signed up for a clinical trial
- 12/23/09 Finished 4 cycles of Rev/Dex
- 1/14/10 Started 4 straight days of Dex (40mg)
- 1/7/10 Had T-cells taken out for clinical trial
- 2/2/10 Infusion of 10 billion altered T-cells
- 2/9/10 Infusion of 10 billion altered T-cells
- 3/14/10 Will be admitted to Karmanos for autologous transplant
- Originally my doctor wanted me on a Velcade, Doxil, Dex treatment but my brother, who works at Priority Health heard about the positive results and less side effect treatment of Rev/Dex. So my doctor contacted Dr. Anderson at Harvard and we decided to go down this path
- Luckily the side effects I have had have been tolerable. Each week during my cycles I would spend about 3 ½ days in the bathroom with diarrhea. I also had a blood clot in October.
- The infusion of my T-cells gave me fevers, headaches. I also developed a blood clot in my arm from my 2nd infusion of T-cells.
- Stress it puts on my family. My wife has sometimes become a single parent to our 17 month old boy because I am laid up. I miss taking my wife out to dinner. I miss my students (I am a high school principal). I miss running and being active.
- Find a doctor who will listen to you and is up to date with the current research. Be careful what you read online because it can be depressing. When it comes down to it, you have to make a decision that you are comfortable with. Stay positive and find a good support group.
- God, family and friends. I am blessed with a strong support group. Also I enjoy reading positive articles like Phil’s blog. Online poker hasn’t hurt either.
- I need to give more to my community like they have given to me. I also learned that you can’t take life for granted.
- My mother grew up working on a farm. I also worked on a potato farm as a child. The high school I work in went through major construction several years ago including asbestos removal.
***To add your story to MM Mondays Story Time copy and paste this questionnaire (click here) and send it in an email to cancerkicker at gmail dot com. I would love to share your story! -Phil