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

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Keytruda here we come!!

I had my first infusion Friday. It was 1 1/2  hours of IV feeding with an hour break in the middle. The first hour was the clinical trial drug Galectin Inhibitor and the last 30 minutes was the Keytruda. The most common side effect is fatigue - and I got that! I don't have much energy. I sit and lie around most of the day. I have some occasional nausea, but not too bad. We are hopeful that the fatigue means the immune system is busy taking down the cancerous tumors:-) I also still have the pain from a tumor in my left hip which makes me hobble a bit and pain in my left shoulder and a few other places. My feelings seem a bit tender, too.

I am so grateful for all that I have. I have a wonderful wife that helps and supports me through everything!! I love her so much. I have a delightful family, our children and their spouses and their children are just amazing. My mother and sisters are also so supportive and loving as well as their spouses. I have wonderful supportive friends at church and work - I am so amazingly blessed!! I know why I am here on this earth and where I am going afterwards, and I know that I have a Heavenly Father that loves me and has wonderful plans for me. I am blessed in so many ways!!

I hope you have a wonderful day!


  1. Mark - Bless you. We need to get back in touch. Email me and give me a number I can reach you at. Bleitten at gmail dot com. We have much to share. Brian

  2. Mark and Ane - With your amazing success over the past four years I think we have begun to see you as invincible. Your faith and your love are a heavenly force that continues to fill us all with hope (for ourselves as much as for you). As you enter yet another new world of medical treatment, we will continue to call on the Lord with pleadings for your sustained strength and courage. We have loved you both for so many years... I wish we at least lived in the same state!