Maureen Sinclair

  • Hi Alex

    My husband Ian passed away in November 2017, 5 years after being diagnosed. He was put foward for another SCT but using TBI instead of mephalan. His first SCT gave him 18 months remission. He had 5 cycles of farydak, dex and velcade and responded well but starting relapsing again. He had no treatment for around 3 months prior to priming…[Read more]

  • bandityoga replied to the topic Back again, in the forum General 4 years, 6 months ago

    Hi Peter

    Ian’f FLC of 5000 were at the end of his 3 months no treatment. The consultant said all bloods and kidney function etc were all good at his check up every month. I do not have Ian’s reading but I intend to ask for a print out if possible. We weren’t concerned that this FLC were 385 but I do not know why they increased to 5000 so…[Read more]

  • bandityoga replied to the topic Back again, in the forum General 4 years, 6 months ago

    Hi Richard, good to know that the revlimid is still working for you.

    I am still struggling to come to terms that Ian has passed away as it was so quick at the end. I still have questions as to why Ian had no treatment for 3 months leading up to another SCT but using radiotherapy instead of mephalan. His last treatment was 2 June and his FLC…[Read more]

  • bandityoga replied to the topic Here we go again…. in the forum Carers 4 years, 7 months ago

    Thank you all for your condolences. Ian fought hard but in the end his kidneys were failing because of the myeloma. I also fought so hard for treatments for him and would advise anyone to go to a hospital where they have a myeloma specialist as we didn’t and often had to get a second opinion. He had a lovely funeral and he wrote his own eulogy.…[Read more]

  • bandityoga replied to the topic Here we go again…. in the forum Carers 4 years, 7 months ago

    Said goodbye to my loving husband today. The service was very emotional as Ian wrote it himself. There was a huge turnout at his funeral as he was both liked and loved by many.

    He tried so hard to beat his and I did help with all the research I did but sadly after 5 years all treatments stopped working and he is now at peace.

    I will miss my…[Read more]

  • bandityoga replied to the topic Guilt in the forum Carers 4 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Ellen

    I feel guilty that I am healthy and try to do as much for Ian as I can. I wish that Ian had not had myeloma and put my life on hold to care for him.

    Maureen

  • bandityoga replied to the topic Here we go again…. in the forum Carers 4 years, 7 months ago

    HI Pat

    Ian didn’t respond to velcade nor pomalidomide and had 5 cycles of farydak which gave him terrible diaherra and then stopped working.

    I am caring for him at home with help from hospice at home and nurses from our gp practice. It is really hard work as my son and his family live in Edinburgh and my daughter is in London. Ian and I have…[Read more]

  • bandityoga replied to the topic Back again, in the forum General 4 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Richard

    Sorry to hear you have relapsed but I hope they find another treatment that works. daratumumbab has been passed in Scotland but my husband, Ian is now on palliative care as the treatments don’t work for long.

  • bandityoga replied to the topic Here we go again…. in the forum Carers 4 years, 7 months ago

    Hi Adelaide

    Ian was taken off carfilzomib aft 2 weeks as his kidney function , platelets and blood were all off. This was his 6th line as nothing really worked for long except his SCT which he got q8 months remission. He’s now on palliative care at home and think he will not last long.

    Feeling devastated but also accepting as this has been 5…[Read more]

  • bandityoga replied to the topic Here we go again…. in the forum Carers 4 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Teresa

    My husband started carfilzomib and dex last week and I am praying it works as his FLC were 12000 before treatment. It is such a long time spent in hospital for the infusion but I go for a walk or a swim whilst he is having it.

    It is five years since he was diagnosed and got 18 months remission from SCT in May of 2015 but other…[Read more]

  • Hi Helen, hope Dave gets a date soon for SCT. Ian didn’t get to harvest as his kidneys were poor after receiving cyclphosphomide and his FLC were 5000 and we were told to prepare for the worst, however after 4 weeks in hospital his kidney function improved and he got home yesterday. Still weak as he is anemic but got a referral to see Dr. Soutar…[Read more]

  • bandityoga replied to the topic New to the Forum in the forum Newcomers 4 years, 9 months ago

    Hi John

    Sorry to hear you have been diagnosed with myeloma. My husband was diagnosed in October 2012 at the age of 56. He has not had an easy journey but still fighting. There at a lot of new drugs around and there are many members who have not had a SCT. It is devastating on diagnosis but try to stay positive and take one day at a time.

    Maureen

  • Ian’s kidneys are slowly recovering and we were advised he should be home by the end of next week. His FLC are now 5000 which is very surprising as his bloods were monitored every 2 weeks. Consultant has asked us to consider if he wants to carry on with treatment which might not give him much remission and have not so nice side effects. He is…[Read more]

  • Hi Eve and Rebecca

    Ian’s kidney function is improving slightly each day but still far from normal. He has never had an issue with is kidneys even whe his FLC where 4000 on diagnosis. I think they said it was 550 and normal is 200. No FLC results but think it is the myeloma attacking the kidneys. Consultant advised that as Ian has had several…[Read more]

  • Hi Eve

    ian’s kidney eGFR is 6 and as he has had several treatments the consultant thinks this is end stage. I am praying that today his kidneys improve and I will talk to the specialist at The Beatson to see if his SCT, using radiotherapy can go ahead.

    Hoping you continue to improve and get your SCT.

    Maureen

  • bandityoga replied to the topic I'm still here! in the forum General 4 years, 10 months ago

    Hi Mavis

    Good to hear from you and hope your PP levels stay stable and don’t cause you any problems. There aren’t many of us left on this site since diagnosis and I do prefer this site to the support group on facebook.

    Things don’t look too good for Ian at the moment as his kidneys are not functioning very well. His bloods, kidneys etc were…[Read more]

  • My husband has just gone into hospital this week for high dose cyclophosphamide in preparation for second SCT using radiation instead of mephalan. Since he received the cyclophosphamide his kidneys are not functioning very well but the consultant thinks it may be the myeloma progressing as he hasn’t been on any treatment for 3 months to preserve…[Read more]

  • Hi John

    There is a myeloma group on facebook. It is a closed group so you have to ask to be added.

    Maureen

  • Hi Helen

    My husband had his SCT in The Beatson and they were excellent. He was home14 days after he got his stem cells back. He didn’t have too many issues mainly diarrhea and boredom. He took in his laptop to keep him occupied. We live in Dunblane so I was able to visit every day. I stayed 2 night at the hospital when Ian was at his worst,…[Read more]

  • bandityoga replied to the topic I'm still here! in the forum General 4 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Andy,
    It was good to meet up with you both again and hope to see you in Scotland next time. Ian is having cyclophosphamide on 28 August and then seeing if he can harvest stem cells on September 7. I do hope that he will be able to produce enough.

    Our usual cheery consultant said it would be Ian’s last treatment and he may get 18 months and…[Read more]

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