Thanks and update

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10/7/2010 11:35am
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Hi All,

After almost 4 years on my melanoma journey (see profile) I've now gotten to where it's time to wait this out.   I'm set up with Hospice and have been working with them to manage the pain from my abdomen and leg mets.

I'm hoping to continue to lurk on the board for a long time, but I wanted to say now I am so thankful for all of the wonderful support, virtual hugs, emails, and conversations I have had with many of you over the years.   You've been my rock and inspiration many times.

Warmest regards to everyone.   I really feel in my heart that a cure is coming soon.



bill58 - (10/7/2010 - 11:47am)


I read your profile.  Looks like things moved pretty fast this year.

Sending electronic hugs and healing prayers/thoughts.  I hope the whole Hospice thing works out well for you and your family.  Please keep us posted as much as possible.

This whole Melanoma thing sucks.  I am still dealing with Will's passing this week. as well as others.  It is tough to lose so many warriors so quickly.


Bill from Illinois
Stage IV Spine Mets, brain mets ans subq mets.
starting whole brain radiation on 11/8 and then compassionate use IPI ASAP.

EricNJill - (10/7/2010 - 12:05pm)


You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Jill n Eric in OH

dian in spokane - (10/7/2010 - 12:33pm)


I'm sorry it has come to this. I think of you often, and wonder how your treatments are going. I was so hoping that things had taken a turn for the better.

Best of luck to you during this time, I hope you get good pain management and have time to spend with your family peacefully.



I pray that you remain at peace and pain free.  You are a true warrior.

Jerry from Cape Cod

It's about kickin' Melanoma's butt!

"Meh. Get on with it. Do not feed rabid monkeys. To fear is one thing. To let fear grab you by the tail and swing you around is another." in memory of NicOz

Lori C - (10/7/2010 - 4:38pm)

Mark, you will be in my thoughts, prayers, and if it's okay, I will include you in the candle lightings.

ValinMtl - (10/7/2010 - 6:57pm)

Mark, You are in my thoughts and I pray that they are able to get the pain under control. Val xx

Live Laugh Love
Nothing is worth more than this day!

Fen - (10/7/2010 - 7:01pm)


Good vibes from a fellow NJ-er.  Where are you from?  I have fond memories of growing up in North Plainfield on Route 22. 

Hoping the pain can be controlled and that you have good times with your family.

Rocco - (10/9/2010 - 6:36am)


I'm so very sorry to hear that the treatment didn't work.  My thoughts and prayers are with you.  Sending you a huge hug and prayers for a pain free journey.

Rocco, Stage IV

Luke 1:37

jag - (10/9/2010 - 8:01am)

Mark, I am very sorry to hear that things have progressed, at the same time, it doesn't sound like you have had any serious systemic therapy at this point, which is surprising, I will say a prayer that IPI is a grand slam knockout punch for melanoma. 

God Bless


Insert Generic Inspirational Motto Here

Vermont_Donna - (10/9/2010 - 8:59am)


Glad you have hospice for support and pain management. Never give up HOPE!!!!

Vermont_Donna, stage 3a

Cate - (10/9/2010 - 3:17pm)

Mark, I'll be thinking of you.  I hope they find a cure soon.

Mark I will hold you in my prayers daily, praying for the peace and love of God to surround you and hold you.  This melanoma journey is a long and tough road.  I pray for your comfort.


Shelly in Switzerland