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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Cruising Along - by Ane

Yesterday Mark saw Dr. Urba (I was in UT so didn't go with him).  He is SO pleased with the way Mark has responded to the drugs.  In a month or so Mark will have a PET scan and Echo to see the status of tumors throughout his body and how is heart is responding to the medications.  If the tumors are gone he will likely get off the meds again.  Mark still has almost no negative side effects with these drugs, but if his body figures out a way around them they will no longer work, therefore it's best to get off them before that happens so they can be used again, if needed.

A few weeks ago Mark gave the opening remarks at the Lake Oswego "Relay of Life".  He did a great job!

Tonight Mark joins me in UT and tomorrow we'll drive up to Rexburg, ID to the graduation exercises for Rachel & Tighe who are both graduating from BYU-Idaho.  Rachel received the Gordon B. Hinckley Award of Excellence in the Communications Department. Tighe will be speaking at convocation  for both the Communications and Business Departments.

On Saturday Eric & Jessie, Rachel & Tighe, and Mark & I will fly to Tampa, FL where we'll board our ship for a Caribbean Cruise - visiting Cozumel, Belize, Roatan and Grand Cayman.  We're cruising for a celebration!

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A Very Happy 36th!!! - by Ane

This week-end we are celebrating our 36th wedding anniversary in Cannon Beach.  Yesterday morning Mark surprised me with a note “…please join me for a weekend getaway to our favorite spot on the beach - just you and me and the sea gulls – beginning as soon as we want to go through Monday.”  We picked up the pieces from our fabulous family gathering on the 4th, packed and headed out, stopping at Sushi Hana for lunch. By 2:30 p.m. we had checked into our room at Webb’s Scenic Surf with a view of the sandy beach, the stream that flows to the ocean, the waves as they push their way toward us, and sea gulls darting back and forth.  Oh, how good it is to be here again, but most of all how grateful we are to have had another year together with hope for many more to come!

Thursday Mark had an ultrasound to see if the tumor in his left adrenal gland is still evident.  He has been on the new meds for over three months. Today we got the lab results from Dr. Urba:

Mark - Here is your ultrasound result. Looks good because it was plenty big enough to be seen by ultrasound if it was the same size.

7/4/2014 EXAMINATION: US ABDOMEN LIMITED COMPARISON: PET/CT March 28, 2014 and CT abdomen and pelvis March 26, 2014. HISTORY: Malignant melanoma. Evaluate left adrenal mass after cancer therapy. PROCEDURE: Targeted ultrasound is done of the left upper quadrant to evaluate for the adrenal gland mass. FINDINGS: No obvious mass is present in the left upper quadrant. The adrenal gland or mass are not seen. IMPRESSION: Neither the adrenal gland or mass are identified on ultrasound in the left upper quadrant. Suggestive that the mass is smaller, but either repeat CT or PET/CT scan would much better evaluate.

So, either it’s gone or small enough that it’s not evident by ultrasound.  Fabulous! That makes our celebration complete!!