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 2, 2013

Healthy, Happy and Home Again - by Mark

Our visit with Dr. Urba, our oncologist, was pleasant and wonderfully uneventful.  All is still well!  He says I am looking good and with no unusual aches and pains, we should stay the course and ride it out drug free as long as we can.  If it comes back we would likely hit it with "Z" again and knock it back down.  He is very clear that we are in uncharted territory.  Zelboraf simply has not been around that long. There are so few that are still living, way fewer that are in remission and even less have gone off the medication.  We are so grateful to be here and to have more time together.  Thank you again for your love, faith and prayers.  It has been a miracle.

Ane and I had a wonderful time in Ireland last month, celebrating our 35th.  It was beautiful and exciting.  It rains all year there so everything is lush and green.  We did get to see many of the records of our ancestors in the Kilbrogen church in Bandon, County Cork.  It was exciting to find some that we didn't have complete information on.  Driving was the most exciting with very narrow roads, (literally 6" wider than our car, including the center stripe) with no shoulders and stone walls or hedge rows right next the driving lane.  To make it worse they are driving on the wrong side of the road at 50 miles an hour around blind curves usually on wet pavement.  If that is not enough, the pub is the center of life for many of the Irish and downing a pint of their famous Guinness dark beer is tradition.  It is no wonder American Express won't insure rental cars in Ireland! :)   Well...we made it through unscathed and had a delightful time.