Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Blog Basics

Just some basics up-front to help you make heads or tails of all this.

I'm going to publish more or less in the order that my own understanding has progressed, so we'll begin with my diagnosis rather than with an understanding of the disease.

I'm fortunate to live in Los Angeles, where there are a number of world-leading myeloma specialists. By both natural inclination and professional training, I am inclined to ask questions and bottom-out the research required to get the answer. Further, this is a complex disease and there is neither a cure nor a consensus on treatment protocol. This adds up to the fact that I'll be seeing a lot of doctors. Many of these doctors are of significant renown in the myeloma field and for that reason, I'll use initials out of respect for their privacy. There are so many doctors that I'll need to use first and last initials to keep them straight, so the privacy isn't exactly iron-clad, but it is what it is.

So with that...on to my diagnosis.