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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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I'm still here by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Wow, I haven't posted anything since July 24! Our family went on the annual major league family baseball trip last week end. We had a great time even though it was very h ... Read on »
Labor Day Weekend by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Saturday morning Richard and I went for a ride in a hot air balloon. It was really cool. Not scary at all. It was very quiet and peaceful except for the occasional ... Read on »
My New Job by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer As I mentioned a couple weeks ago, I have a new job. I was working for the last four and a half years for the Meskwaki Indian Tribe in the health clinic on their settleme ... Read on »
Baseball Nightmare by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Richard is a huge baseball fan. His team is the Chicago Cubs. We went to a game at Wrigley Field last weekend. We usually go on a bus trip because parking there is so d ... Read on »
Good Dex/Bad Dex: Part 3 by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Unfortunately dexamethasone (and his little brothers prednisolone, methylprednisolone, and prednisone) can cause many serious side effects. Most are temporary and will go ... 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 »
At Mayo by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Well, here we sit in the luxurious Kahler Inn and Suites, now with wireless internet. Tomorrow Richard has his usual monthly appointment. I haven't been here since July ... Read on »
Walking... by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I've completed one week of training for the half marathon. Had to do it all on the treadmill since it's been really cold here. Current temp is -5 at 6:00 PM. I don't th ... Read on »
Weather Woes by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer We've been having some real winter weather here in Iowa. The ice storm last week end has many still without power. Luckily not us. I almost feel guilty...well, not ... Read on »
Running to Fight Blood Cancers by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer On June 3, my daughters completed a half marathon for Team in Training which is a fund raising program for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Thanks to Emily & Erin and ... Read on »
Wedding Plans by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer My daughter Erin gets married August 25. I spent the day making table decorations. There's a wedding shower tomorrow. So many little details to attend to! I'm so glad R ... Read on »
Wedding Plans Continue by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer I've been neglecting this blog lately. Too much wedding! In reality everything is going according to plan. One more week. Hoping for good weather. Then we're off for a ... Read on »
Cataracts by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Richard had cataract surgery on his right eye October 1 at Mayo. He saw at least four doctors before they decided it could be done inspite of his wrecked corneas. Th ... Read on »
Change the Beast's Name? by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Some on the ACOR list are advocating that we not call myeloma " The Beast" because giving it a powerful name gives myeloma too much power over us. I chose the name for ... 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 »
Basketball by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Cancer Here's a video of my grandaughter playing basketball. She's number 5. Read on »
Biopsy Results by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training The biopsy results are in and there are no real surprises. The mass is a plasmacytoma. Radiation treatment starts next week. The radiation only treats this mass and does ... Read on »
The Next Thing... by Teresa K. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Endurance Training We had a really nice Christmas with all the grandkids and later at my sister's house. You can see photos on Facebook without joining at this link. On the myeloma front, ... Read on »