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

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


We are HAPPY!!!  Mark continues to do amazingly well.  One week ago he met with Dr. Zemsky, the cardiologist who performed the catheter ablation.  Mark heart continues to beat in steady rhythm, and he no longer needs the blood thinner or the diuretic.  The only medicine he takes now is Zelboraf – the cancer drug.  The negative side effects have tapered off.  His hair is growing back although it is now really curly. (No worries with even combing it!) He has some joint pain especially in his left hand, but he can live with that.  We almost feel like life is back to normal.  He has energy and stamina and a spring in his step.  Often we are reminded of what could have been, and we know that miracles have blessed our lives.  How grateful we are!!!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

I feel great - by Mark

I went for a three and a half mile hike around our neighborhood this week.  What a wonderful experience.  I walked up and down hills and didn’t even slowdown.  I actually jogged part of the way.  It is great to have a normal heart back again!!

Thanks again for your faith and prayers and good thoughts, what a difference it has made:-)