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, February 17, 2016

Four years ago TODAY!!!

Four years ago today as we were celebrating a late Valentine’s Day we found out that Mark had some tumors in his lungs. That day is stamped into our memory, especially the phone call during dinner that he needed a CT scan as soon as possible.  We went right back to the lab for the scan and later in the evening while shopping the call came from our doctor indicating that a biopsy was needed.  Those calls should have put us in high alarm mode, but we were having such a good day that it didn’t affect us much.  It wasn’t until the following day that we grasped the gravity of the situation – that Mark probably didn’t have long to live. 

Well, he is still going strong!  When we saw Dr. Urba this past Monday he indicated that he saw no need for a scan since Mark is feeling and looking so well.  He will stay on the medications and see Dr. Urba again in June.

Dr. Urba summarized for us a report that was recently published indicating that there are a small number of patients who have been on the combination therapy for 5-6 years and are still progression free.  Part of the conclusion was that those who had the most positive responses had less invasive situations. Dr. Urba emphasized that Mark’s diagnosis was as bad as it could get, so his response is highly unusual.  

Today we’re going out to celebrate Valentine’s Day at the same restaurant!  How grateful we are!!!