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Muffet by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My parents recently adopted a gorgeous, 10-year-old black female cat from the Cape Cod MSPCA shelter. There hasn’t been a cat in their house since our beloved Italian cat, ... Read on »
“If progression is slow, it’s harder to treat with chemo…” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This morning, after doing some work (as usual), I finally got around to going through the copious notes I took during the patient-doctor meeting with Dr. Morie Gertz (Mayo ... Read on »
Ajoene, from garlic… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Today a blog reader/friend (merci!) sent me the link to a very interesting Science Daily article about the superhero-strong antibacterial properties of one of garlic’s che ... Read on »
A curcumin implant shrinks breast cancer tumors… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Well, well…a very interesting bit of news today. The gist: in order to get around the (well-known) problem of curcumin’s low bioavailability, researchers at the University ... Read on »
An update on aspirin and myeloma by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A couple of years ago, when I began preparing my “Good or bad for myeloma” Page ( http://margaret.healthblogs.org/good-or-bad-for-myeloma/ ), I decided to add aspirin to t ... Read on »
A very odd couple! by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer This morning a blog reader/friend sent me the link to one of the most amazing videos…never seen anything like it, and I’m quite sure you haven’t, either… So check it o ... Read on »
A quick selection of photos I took in Arizona (December 2013) by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Saguaro, DBG, Phoenix Great Horned Owl, DBG, Phoenix Montezuma Castle, Camp Verde, AZ Petrified Forest   ... Read on »
“I choose to be happy” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Many thanks to my friend Joanne for posting this five-minute TED video on Facebook:  Without her recommendation, I probably wouldn’t have watched it…I mean, I wouldn’t nor ... Read on »
Meeting with Prof. Morie Gertz, Mayo Clinic…this Saturday! by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I met Prof. Gertz in March 2012 at a patient-doctor meeting organized by my friend Vittorio’s charitable association, which he set up in memory of his uncle who was a myel ... Read on »
Like Tom Hanks in “The Terminal” by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Remember that movie, “The Terminal”? In a nutshell, it’s about a man (Tom Hanks) who gets trapped in New York’s JFK International Airport after being denied entry to the U ... Read on »
Back from Arizona by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I cannot begin to tell you how wonderful our stay in Arizona was…overwhelming, wonderful, happy, beautiful, exciting, moving…extraordinary… And I have fallen head over ... Read on »
Happy holidays!!! by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer We’re in Arizona, at my sister’s place in Scottsdale. Wow. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing this trip has been, how wonderful it is to be reunited with my sister ... Read on »
Dogs that are scared of walking past cats… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer We’ll be in Arizona tomorrow night…I haven’t seen my sister in years (and my niece since August)…it’s going to be a great Xmas family reunion…can’t wait! I may not hav ... Read on »
Cousin G by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Yesterday Stefano informed me that his cousin had died in a hospital in Rome during the night…one of our favorite cousins. Cousin G was diagnosed with stage 4 colon ca ... Read on »
U.S.A. Xmas 2013…a bit of a bumpy start. by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Boy, what a trip…On Saturday morning Stefano drove me to the Florence airport where I was supposed to board a flight to Munich (and, from there, a connecting flight to Bos ... Read on »
Thankful… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I know, I know. Thanksgiving 2013 is over, so I should have written this post last week. But, to be honest, I don’t celebrate Thanksgiving over here in Italy, so I can be ... Read on »
November test results by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Well, let’s see. There’s good news, and there’s bad news. Compared to my last set of tests, done months ago, my red cells, hemoglobin and hematocrit have slipped slightly ... Read on »
To have it or not to have it? by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer The question pops up every single year: “are you having the flu shot?” “No.” “Noooo? Are you nuts? Why not?” My answer is simple: I was always sicker with the vaccine ... Read on »
Smoldering myeloma requiring treatment: time for a new definition? Introductory notes. by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I know I haven’t been posting anything related to myeloma lately…and that has been bothering me a lot. And so I’ve been trying really hard to concentrate. I began writ ... Read on »
The Vasari Corridor and the Uffizi Gallery… by Margaret Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer First, what is the Vasari Corridor? In a nutshell, it’s an elevated, enclosed passageway connecting two important Florentine palaces: the Palazzo Vecchio and the Palaz ... Read on »