Author Archives: Joshua Roberts

Next go-round

That didn’t last very long. Empliciti and Revlimid have been given the heave-ho, even before my latest full tests of December 28 showed an M-spike risen to 2.3, and an IGG level of 2690 (way above normal). My joints are … Continue reading

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Not simply Empliciti

November 3 was the last of eight consecutive weekly infusions of Empliciti (always with eight mgs of dex) and the result so far is…nil. My M-spike was 0.8 g/dL when measured before I began the chemo in early September, and … Continue reading

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Rattling the cup

Oh, and I’m fundraising for myeloma research again. Please click here to donate, with my thanks.

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More months, more struggle, more procrastination….

Since the Kyprolis trial went bust last year, I’ve been: hospitalized for kidney failure complicated by pneumonia (early in Dec ’15), which heavy chemo finally beat down, then on Selinexor pills (which did little but make me more nauseous than … Continue reading

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“Never Happier” essay now online

My myeloma essay “Never Happier” (a condensed version of a much longer piece) is now online at Apiary Magazine, under the auspices of their recently redesigned site. Thanks, Apiary, for looking out for Philadelphia writers.

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Clinical trial and after

In the autumn of 2014, my M-spike and related protein numbers began creeping up, even after switching from nightly oral doses of Revlimid/dex to Pomalyst/dex. So in late November, my oncologist persuaded me to enter a clinical trial involving experimental … Continue reading

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Lord how the money rolls in….

Amazon today sent me a royalty check for the short story I placed in their Kindle Store, mostly as an experiment, some while back. A three-figure royalty check! Never mind the decimal point between the first and second figures. Yes, … Continue reading

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Snow Business: Photo in Philadelphia Inquirer

One of my pics made The Inquirer’s Talk section today (online). You’ll have to scroll down a bit through the “Snow Day!” gallery: http://data.inquirer.com/thetalk/

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Chiming In — Philadelphia Myeloma Network

I thought it time for another one of my occasional posts…this one specifically for anyone in the Philadelphia area who may be recently diagnosed with myeloma, or who knows someone (closely, not-so-closely) with myeloma. The Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group … Continue reading

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New Publication

The Alabama Literary Review has published my poem “Le Voyage dans la Lune” in its new issue. A PDF is available in Other Writing.

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