Late February of 2012 Mark was diagnosed with stage 4 Metastatic Melanoma Cancer. This is written for our family and friends who have so caringly expressed a desire to know of the current situation. We so appreciate the love and support that has been shown to us and we lovingly empathize with and pray for many of you that have had or are currently going through trials of your own. In love, hope and faith, Mark and Ane

Saturday, September 15, 2012

My heart is in the right pace - by Mark

The procedure went great!  I was out for several hours while they stuck probes down my throat and then up through a vein in my lower abdomen.  The team found the hot spot in my right atrium and zapped it.  Last night, after the procedure, for the first time in four and a half months my heart rate was normal at about 60 BPM instead of the 90 to 100 or even 145 that it had been.  So as of today I am off of the two heart meds and on to another one for 6 weeks (Warfarin).  Modern medicine is great; all the way into four places in the heart with a little incision in the abdomen.  We went home late last night. How wonderful to sleep in my own bed after that kind of operation.

We have been blessed and are so grateful.  Thanks again for your care and support.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Heart Procedure is Tomorrow! - by Ane

Both the oncologist and the electrophysiologist have given approval to proceed with the Catheter Ablation.  It took a week to get approvals and we were anxious to schedule it, but we were told that the only person who could schedule this procedure was out of the office until next Monday.  Yesterday we got a call from the oncologist office telling us that Dr. Urba wanted to see Mark soon after the procedure was done.  Mark told them that it may be awhile because we haven’t been able to schedule it.  That must have set things in motion because we got a call this morning that there was an opening tomorrow! We took it!!
We will check in at 10:00 am.  There will be a pre-procedure to be sure there are no blood clots in the heart.  If that goes well, the main procedure will begin immediately.  Estimated time for both is about five hours, and then recovery for several hours.  It is possible that we will be home tomorrow night, but he may need to stay the night for observation. 
How grateful we are that this has worked out.  We are hopeful that Mark will soon have increased strength and stamina. With his heart working properly he will be able to discontinue the heart medications.  YEA! 

Thanks again for the tremendous support you have given to us!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Tumors are gone! - by Mark

The cancer tumors cannot be found!  Both the PET scan and MRI which combined cover the whole body, were clean.  This is great news! Your faith, prayers and good thoughts have paid off.  Thank you so much!!

The oncologist says we can move forward with the heart procedure.  He still reminds us the cancer drug (Zelboraf) is just a stall but our situation is amazingly wonderful so far.  According to their website disappearing tumors have only happened to 2% of Zelboraf users.  We feel blessed to be in the minority:-)

Thanks so much for your love, support, faith and prayers.
Mark and Ane