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Teresa K. Patient Expert

Cedar Rapids, IA
I've worked in health care most of my life. I have a masters degree in nursing working most recently in a primary care clinic. My husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, in 1999.
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Happy Father's Day (p ... by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Happy Father's Day (photo June 29, 2008) Read on »
12 on 12 by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Several podcasts that I regularly follow invite listeners to post 12 photos of their day on the 12 th of each month. I tried it today and it was kind of fun. It was a little ... Read on »
A Great Week by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training Well, this week has been eventful! First Richard's potassium was way too high. He was in the hospital overnight Monday...was normal the next day after treatment with kayexa ... Read on »
A Poem by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer A member of the ACOR list submitted the following poem. She gave me permission to publish it here. The Beast We first spied the Myeloma beast as it was peeking i ... Read on »
A Sad Announcement by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Chris Hollyer died unexpectedly on September 11, 2006. Chris was the moderator of the Multiple Myeloma Association mailing list. He lived with myeloma for a long time. I ... Read on »
A VAD for Christmas by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training I quit my job last week, a rash, spur of the moment decision, so now I'm job hunting. Getting too old, maybe I should just retire. Too cold to retire in Iowa. The tempera ... Read on »
Acupuncture by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Acupuncture has been used as an alternative treatment for neuropathy. Richard has found it very helpful in reducing the pain he has in his hands and feet from thalidomide ... Read on »
Aetiology of Myeloma by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Periodically, discussion on the ACOR mailing list turns to the topic of how did I get myeloma? There are those on the list that feel that random speculation is wasted ... Read on »
After the Transplant by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer As I said, Richard did really well during the transplant although he never had a complete response/remission. There was debate about whether or not he needed any type of mai ... Read on »
An Act of Kindness by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Richard was an inpatient for about a week. During this time, his hair began to fall out from the chemo. He had gone through this before so it wasn't a surprise. Losing yo ... Read on »
And More Baseball! by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Grandchildren following Richard off the field after first pitch Richard got to throw out the first ball at our minor league ballgame. His local oncology office spon ... Read on »
Anniversary and Update by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I've been writing this blog for one year as of November 19...just in case you were interested! Richard went to Mayo on November 27. Liver tests are much better..near ... Read on »
Another Birthday by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training We celebrated grandaughter Sarah's 7th birthday today. I ate too much KFC. She got a Nintendo DS from Richard and I. Read on »
Another Bump...More Like a Ditch by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I previously made some references to the problems Richard was having with his eyes. Since about mid- November, he's had a lot of trouble with his vision. In fact, he's ha ... Read on »
Another crisis by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I don't remember if I mentioned that Richard had been having episodes of hematuria since he was hospitalized in November. A urologist saw him while he was still in the ho ... Read on »
Another Friday by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training I'm writing this late at night. Richard continues to deteriorate. He eats nothing and drinks very little water. He has bruises all over his body. There's little conversat ... Read on »
Another Fun Link by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Ben from Eclectics Anonymous suggested another fun site, Cute Overload. Very, very cute. Thanks, Ben. Read on »
Another New Myeloma Blog by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I just finished reading a blog written by a woman named Janice Chaffee who died on February 19, 2007 from myeloma. Wow. It's extremely moving and very well writte ... Read on »
April 2006 by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Richard's 56th birthday was April 2. April was also the 7th anniversary of his myeloma diagnosis in 1999. April 2006 was a good month. We celebrated Richard's birt ... Read on »