My Life Since Melanoma Cancer

“The world is what you make of it. If it doesn’t fit you make alterations.”

My name is Mark and I am a Cancer Survivor. I’ve been

fighting melanoma since 1999. I have fought this cancer

in 2 different rounds. I have won both rounds but

have had losses each time.  In 2001 I lost my left leg to melanoma

during surgery, a procedure called limb perfusion.

Since losing my leg I now have diabetes 2 , high

cholesterol etc… So now I have to balance my meals

to: Low carb for the diabetes, low cal to watch the weight,

and include foods and spices to boost my immune

system to fight the cancer. While fighting the melanoma cancer

I  got involved, thankfully, in a clinical cancer trial.

The trial involved experimental drugs to boost your

immune system to fight the cancer from within using your

own immune system. From what I had heard there was over

90 people in this trial and I am the lone survivor as far as I

know. They really won’t tell you a lot due to privacy

regulations. So needless to say I try to include and keep updated

on all foods and spices that fight cancer and boost

your immune system.  More later….

Latest scans came back cancer free! (Nov. 2010)  In July of 2004 I was told I was cancer free. It still weighs heavily on my mind

when it’s time to get scans and check ups. The scans are due again in March or April, update then. On the plus side the weight loss

continues, 16 1/2 lbs. now! Next update after the scans!

Weight loss up to 27 lbs.! Better diet, portion sizes and workouts. I now use a Table Top pedal bike exerciser 2 – 3

times a day, seems to provide the exercise I was lacking. Tough going with

one leg and keeping the weight off. Scans coming in late April.

April 6, 2011

Well my scans came back clean again, still cancer free! It’s been 7 years now since they told me I was cancer free. It’s been a struggle since this started in 1999. June 1 will be 10 years since I lost my leg to melanoma cancer. In ways it seems like it’s been longer and yet in other ways it seems like yesterday. But life goes on and it’s what you make of that life.

August 18, 2011 Well I go Monday afternoon to have a biop on a place on back of right leg. I hate the waiting and then the wait for the biop report to get back. These always make me nervous after everything I’ve been through. Update when I find out.

August 27 2011 Everything negative. It was determined that the place in question is scar tissue.

Nov. 8 2011

Well after changing my diet and eating habits, weight loss, and daily exercise I am off the Diabetes2 medication Metformin! I’ve been on it since being diagnosed in Sept. of 2006. The past year I really cracked down on the late night snacking and a pinch of something here and there. I snack on Gala Apples, Whole Natural Almonds, Sugar Free Jello and such. I’m also a firm believer of Green Tea. I drink 5 cups a day of hot brewed Bigelow Decaf Green Tea. My numbers on Triglycerides, Cholesterol, and Sugar all started turning around when I started drinking Green Tea.

Another problem was getting enough exercise. Being in a wheelchair was making it difficult to get the proper exercise. I can’t afford a gym membership so I purchased some weights and a tabletop Peddle Exerciser and lift weights once a day and the Pedal Exerciser three times a day. So all the changes worked and as of today I’m off the Diabetes2 medication Metformin! Now the next thing is to stay the course I’ve taken and keep making smart decisions on what I eat. Anyway it’s been a good day!

Dec. 8th 2011

Well it’s that time again, I go for my scans to make sure the melanoma hasn’t crept back. It’s good they check this once or twice a year but every time I go it brings back all those bad memories. I’ll get the full results later in the month when I go for my regular 3 month check up. Not unless there is something that came back on the scans which in that case they call me and I go in right away. So hopefully I keep the regular appointment and don’t receive that call, Ever Again! Let you in on the results when I know.

Dec. 23 2011

Well all my tests came back negative! A little early Christmas gift to myself! Still Cancer free and what a great feeling. Merry Christmas everyone!

April 2, 2012 – Well another good check up! Everything looked normal and blood work came back clean. I’ll have scans and x-rays next check up later this year.

June 3, 2012

Ever since I lost my left leg to Melanoma Cancer back 2001 I’ve been dealing with Phantom Pains. Lately they have been getting much more frequent and painful. A phantom pain involves the part of your body where the limb has been removed. For myself the pain couldn’t be more real. Sometimes it feels like someone is stepping on my foot and other times it feels like someone is hitting my ankle with a hammer or stabbing sensation. Last night was a rough night. I got about an hour of sleep. All night it felt as if someone hitting my foot. The pain was terrible and there’s nothing you can do. The Phantom pain’s can last for a day or more or just a matter of hours. The pain is as real as if it was happening to someone with a leg. I’m hopeful that one day someone will come up with a cure. Until that time I’ve got some sleepless nights ahead of me. I left the defenition of phantom pain from Wikipedia.

Phantom pain – According to Wikipedia

Phantom pain involves the sensation of pain in a part of the body that has been removed.

A phantom limb is the sensation that an amputated or missing limb (even an organ, like the appendix) is still attached to the body and is moving appropriately with other body parts. Approximately 60 to 80% of individuals with an amputation experience phantom sensations in their amputated limb, and the majority of the sensations are painful. Phantom sensations may also occur after the removal of body parts other than the limbs, e.g. after amputation of the breast, extraction of a tooth (phantom tooth pain) or removal of an eye (phantom eye syndrome). The missing limb often feels shorter and may feel as if it is in a distorted and painful position. Occasionally, the pain can be made worse by stress, anxiety, and weather changes. Phantom limb pain is usually intermittent. The frequency and intensity of attacks usually declines with time.

Although not all phantom limbs are painful, patients will sometimes feel as if they are gesturing, feel itches, twitch, or even try to pick things up. For example, Ramachandran and Blakeslee describe that some people’s representations of their limbs do not actually match what they should be, for example, one patient reported that her phantom arm was about “6 inches too short”.

A slightly different sensation known as phantom pain can also occur in people who are born without limbs and people who are paralyzed. Phantom pains occur when nerves that would normally innervate the missing limb cause pain. It is often described as a burning or similarly strange sensation and can be extremely agonizing for some people, but the exact sensation differs widely for individuals. Other induced sensations include warmth, cold, itching, squeezing, tightness, and tingling.

6/27/12 – Scans and x-rays coming July 3, always a nervous time. If all goes well as of July 16 it will be 8 years cancer free!

7/2/12 – Took the scans this morning and I’ll find out the results next Monday. I’ve taken the tests for so long at Mercy South Hospital that everyone knows me by name now. They have a fantastic staff there!!

7/11/12 Well the scans and tests all came back negative!  July 16th it will be 8 years cancer free! I do have to go in for an in office surgery though this coming Monday. They are going to remove a mole that’s getting a bit dark. Wait and see on this one.

8/1/12 Finally got the results back on the removed mole. I can’t even begin to say the medical name of the mole but it was a bad mole. The biop showed that they did remove it all though! So it’s a good thing they removed it when they did. thank you for all the emails and words of encouragement!

Like Obama Care hasn’t cost me enough money, it rears its ugly head again! I have a Hoveround Mobility Chair which is basically my legs, don’t know what I would do without it! Before Obama Care, if I had an issue with the Hoveround I would call and they would come out and fix it. Now because of Medicare cuts due to Obama Care if I need tires, batteries, an arm rest or most anything else now they send me the parts and I have to install it! If I could and was able to change tires and batteries I wouldn’t need one! I told them being an amputee changing the 4 tires on it would be very difficult if not impossible, their reply don’t blame us blame Obama Care and it’s cuts to Medicare, they said I would to find someone to do it. Thank you Obama Care, you got me again! Go for my yearly Scans on July 3rd, hope everything comes back negative! It was 12 years ago on June 4th that I my left leg had to be amputated. It seems like a lifetime ago sometimes.

Waiting to go for my check-up at the Oncologist and to hear the results of my scans from July 3rd.

I went for my 6 month check-up at my Oncologist and everything came back clean!  I’m very lucky to have found not only one the finest Oncologist but one of the friendliest and with a super staff! I’ve been seeing him since November of 1998. He’s helped through some really difficult times with not only Melanoma Cancer but a variety of aches and illnesses, proud to call him a friend. Anyway he read my scan reports and everything was negative on the Cancer front. This month almost to the very day marks my Anniversary of being Cancer Free also, 9 years! It’s been a struggle but I’m still here!

It’s September 9th and I have a Doctors appt. at 3:15 this afternoon. While taking a shower I came across a small lump near my right arm armpit. It’s near an injection site where I had injections for a year while in the cancer trial some years back. Hopefully that all it is, but with everything I’ve been through with Mealnoma it’s better safe than sorry. It’s weighing heavily on my mind so I’m glad my Doctor got me right in. Give everyone an update later today.

Went to my check-up and everything was good! The knot that I found was due to old injection site! So good news and a better night’s sleep tonight.

12/07/13 – Checkup tests have come back all looking good, Cholesterol, Sugar, and such. Thyroid count a bit off, increase meds for a while to adjust it!

3/26/14 – Heading out at 10:00 this morning for 6 month check-up of Sugar, Cholesterol and other vitals. Been fasting since 10:00 pm. Post the results when they get in, hopefully good!

3/29/14 -Got the results back on Sugar and such, and everything came back good. Doctor was pleased.  Going in next month for Cancer Check-Up.

4/28/14 – Went for my Cancer Checkup and every thing is looking normal! Really blessed on having one of the finest Oncology Doctors around, but I was informed today that he was going to retire in June. Very sad, I’m losing a Doctor that I trust more than any other and a friend at the same time.

6/20/14  Went to the family doctor for checkup, Sugar, Cholesterol, and such. Everything good!

10/6/14 The week before I went in for my yearly scans. The doctor’s office called and said everything looked great, another year cancer free!

11/19/14 Went to my six month checkup at the dermatologist this morning. Nothing new on the mole front and he’s dropped my visits to a yearly visit! Good News there.

3/3/15 I went for my 4 month checkup Cholesterol, Sugar, and such and just got a call from the Doc that everything was looking good! I think I’ve earned my self a cheat day of food I normally don’t have. Go to my Oncologist at the end of March.

6/26/15 I went for my 4 month checkup Cholesterol, Sugar, and such and just got a call from the Doc that everything was looking good! The Doc said excellent numbers on everything, keep up the good work.

8/7/15 – Well what I thought was a bruise on my left hand ring finger now has me a bit worried. I went to my family doctor today and I could tell by his face he was worried. He said he thought it was a bad bruise but he wanted me to get to my dermatologist ASAP. So I came home and called my Dermatologist and I go Tuesday. First scare in quite a while and it brings back a lot of bad memories of my previous fights with Melanoma. Got to stay positive and at the same time stay braced in case of bad news. The waiting is the hard part. Update on Tuesday. * All was good, minor problem.

10/19/15 – I took my yearly scans last week and went for my checkup today at the Oncologist. They did blood work on me while there also. The scans and blood work both came back Cancer Free! I still get a bit nervous and it brings back a lot of bad and painful memories going through this. But Cancer Free!

11/10/15 – Went to the the Dermatologist to have a cyst checked out, all is good! No Cancer detected!

1/26/16 – I’ll be making my first visit to a Urologist, a local doctor in neighboring Fairfield Township. Having some urinary problems, hoping nothing serious. I’m still always nervous when something new pops up with my history of Cancer. I’ll up date later, I go Thursday morning.

1/28/16 – Well I went to the doctor and had blood tests and scans done. Everything came back normal! He put me on a prescription for 60 days and go from there.

4/14/16 Went for my check up at the Dermatologist and he’s spotted a mole with unusual color and shape. So I go this coming Thursday back in to have it removed and a biop done. He said it shouldn’t be a worry but with everything that I have been through with Melanoma it makes real nervous. As always hoping for the best though. Up date later.

5/5/2016 – The doctor called and the mole they removed is okay, Cancer Free still!!

7/13/2016 – Went to the Family Doctor last week for my 4 month checkup of Sugar, Cholesterol, and such. Got the results earlier today and everything looked great!

10/20/16 – Family Doctor today. Checking cholesterol, Sugar, and such. Results in 5 days.

11/2/16 – Well all my tests came back great. The Doc said to continue what I’m doing. Later this month my yearly scans and Cancer check at my Oncologist.

11/18/16 – Good news again! My scans and blood work all came back clean! Caner Free for 12 years now!!

2/24/17 Went to my 4 month checkup; blood work, cholesterol and such. All came back good. Waiting for the results of the colon test I took, Cologuard.

 

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  1. Mark, I wish you the best in your fight

    • Thank you very much! I just want everyone to know never give up and that cancer can be beat.

    • I’m a firm believer in the connection between food & illness. You can eat for health & restoration or you can eat for degeneration & disease. I commend you Mark on your strength & positive attitude. You a such an inspiration & I am blessed by your story!

      • Thank you so much!!!

  2. Hi Mark,

    Just happened to stumble on your blog. I really admire your spirit and wish you loads of courage to keep fighting. Have a good Christmas!

  3. I love spices! 🙂 Best of luck on your journey! My mom has diabetes too. She has really changed her life around and feels so much better. 🙂 Love you blog! 🙂

    • I have found three easy things you can do to help control Diabetes, at least it help me, I drink 4 cups of hot brewed green tea a day, a handful of walnuts about an hour or so after dinner, and I add Cinnamon to every dish I can. Mark

  4. *hug*
    (wanted to leave that in case you can use it)

    I came here looking for a new recipe and stayed to read about your fight with cancer.

    I wish you continued strength and good health.

    M.L.

    • Thank you so much! Cancer free since July of 2004 and I go in April for scans and x-rays to make sure there is nothing new. Thank you again for your kind words. Mark

  5. Found your blog after you commented on mine. I wish you the best in your health battles – sounds like you are winning! I am a nurse practitioner with many patients with type-2 diabetes. Most of them are losing the battle, but I keep hoping. Maybe I’ll send them your way.

    • Well thank you very much. So many ways to fighting various health problems through our food. Thank you for reading!

  6. I too stumbled upon your blog because I was googling something you cooked the other night – the velveeta cheesy nacho supreme skillet. your story is inspiring; i’m interested in public health and what not. keep up the good work!

  7. Hi Mark,
    Since I discovered your blog a few weeks ago I have been coming back to look at the amazing recipes you’ve got. I think they are very healthy and your story is inspiring.

    The readers of our blog could beneficiate from you content, that’s why I would like to ask for your permission to re-post your recipes on our blog.
    We will put your name in the beginning of the blog and link every post to your blog, that way our readers can also discover and enjoy your blog.

    All content provided on the Emerson Ecologics Blog is for informational purposes only. We are not an advertising source, we just like to provide our readers with educational content and health related news.

    Please contact me at rcastillo@emersonecologics.com

    Have a wonderful week!

  8. Hi Mark,
    The salmon recipe attracted me. Your story engaged me. I really admire your attitude. Resilience is such an important virtue yet so rare. Keep up the fight.
    I will be posting a salmon and spinach recipe over the next week. It is pure, healthy and great for you. Have a look out for it.
    Keep up the great work,
    Conor

    • Thank you for the kind words Conor. I’ll be following your’s also!

  9. Hi Mark,
    Christmas Eve tomorrow here. We are not cooking the traditional. We never do. On Christmas Day, we will cook roast rib of beef, Yorkshire puddings, potatoes and roast winter vegetables. We will have smoked salmon and home made brown bread to start. A meringue cake with raspberries to finish. There will be no photos or posts. It is a family time. Wishing you a happy Christmas and all the best in 2011.
    Conor

    • Hello Conor and Merry Christmas to you and your family! Our Christmas Day dinner is going to be Prime Rib, Mashed Potatoes and all the other sides.

  10. Well all my tests came back negative! A little early Christmas gift to myself! Still Cancer free and what a great feeling. Merry Christmas everyone!

  11. Hi! I have been enjoying your site a lot and all your recipes look amazing so I have a little surprise for ya 🙂 Check it out:
    http://letsspicethingsupinvegas.wordpress.com/

    • Thank you Elly and Congrats on your award!

  12. I admire your spirit – ‘life goes on and it’s what you make of that life’. Very true, thank you for the inspiration and I hope everything continues to go well for you.

  13. Hello Mark, thanks again for checking out my blog, i am enjoying going through yours. I wish you all the best and all the good health 🙂

  14. I will add my prayers and good wishes to all of these Mark. God is a big God.

  15. Love your blog. 🙂 I nominated you for The Versatile Blogger award. 🙂 Keep it up!
    http://afternoonpopcornsnack.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/the-versatile-blogger-nominations-nominees/

    • Thank you! Keep up the interesting blogging, your doing a great job!

  16. Glad I found your blog. I am truly inspired by your attitude and writings. Will be back for more reading.

    • Thank you so much for the kind words!

  17. Wishing you all the best Mark – i love your easy going writing and meals.

  18. Melanoma is preventable if you avoid too much ultraviolet radiation. UV rays are the number 1 cause of skin cancer. Use sunblock when bathing under the sun. *”‘.. Kind regards health and fitness blog site

  19. Thanks for openly sharing your story, Mark. So many people have been and will be encouraged by your testimony. You’ve got some great recipes on this site! It is amazing what cancer survivors have told me about spices and natural foods. Rooting and praying for you. Can’t wait to keep seeing those healthy test results!

    • Thank you so much for the words of encouragement! i just want to get the word out to everyone that no matter how bad the cancer is it can be BEAT. I was stage 4 melanoma and through a clinical trial and the grace of God I’m still here. I just want to help people the rest of my life. Anyway thank you so much for reading and the kind words!

  20. Praying for you and your journey. You are amazing!

  21. Thanks for following my blog. I hope you enjoy it. I do have some healthy stuff on it and more and more of the posts will include healthy choices since that’s pretty much all I eat now. Not sure if you have heard of the Gerson diet and cleanse or not. There are some great u-tube videos out there on it. My husband has had 2 rounds of prostate cancer so I understand a minutia of what you are going through.

    From everything I read the best things are to stay completely off sugar, sweeteners and refined flours and foods. MSG is in all kinds of things and not always labeled as such. It is a real killer. Eat whole foods (with only one ingredient!) and without all the additives found in so many packaged goods. Several minerals like iodine and selenium are supposed to be good to clear the body of toxins (including those used to heal of cancer like radiation and chemotherapy).

    If you haven’t read these books you may want to look at them: Nourishing Traditions: The cookbook that challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats, and Eat to Live. Each has its own positives and negatives as with any book, but they do have some insightful studies in each one.

    I wish you well.

  22. Thanks for reblogging my recipe for Turkey cutlet parmesan. This is a wonderful recipe you can use on turkey, chicken, fish, pork chops or even vegetables. It’s very versatile. Hope you try it sometime and let me know what you think.

  23. Mark, have you read this book?
    http://www.amazon.com/The-Cancer-Survivors-Guide-Foods/dp/1570672253/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1347744519&sr=8-1&keywords=cancer+survivors+guide
    I read it recently and thought it was really excellent for cancer survivors to reduce their risk of cancer returning.
    Best of luck in your journey.

  24. I’ve been following along & I love reading your blog. I nominated you for the SUPER SWEET BLOGGER AWARD.
    http://gelisgoodies.wordpress.com/2012/09/25/super-sweet-blogger-award/

    • Thank you again so much!

  25. Saying a prayer for you today Mark; you are a brave person; I really enjoy all your blogs. Wishing you the best always.

    • thank you so much!!!

  26. Hi Mark! Thank you for reblogging my post about our local Fall festival “Pumpkon Daze!” I am so new to blogging that I am still in the learning process, but hope to learn quickly and get as good as you are at it!
    You have certainly had some major struggles, but you have remained strong and come through victorious so far over the cancer–hooray! I’m so pleased for you and so encouraged by your story–you are a great role model for others who are or have gone through the same things you have.
    I plan to take a look at some of your recipes, as I am always trying to find new things to try–my husband is kind of a picky eater, so I am always on the hunt! Prayers your way for continued clear reports and a long life!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words! I hope you enjoy my blog, if you try any of the recipes please let me know how it turned out. I’m from Southwest Ohio, west Chester so I try to let everyone know of all our great towns and cities here in Ohio and all the many great festivals. Thank you again for reading.

  27. Hi Mark! You are truly an inspiration. I see diabetics on a daily basis that are constantly sturggling to gain control. The fact that you have done so and beat melanoma twice is really unbelieveable. I hope you step back every once in a while and realize what an accomplishment that is. Congrats and keep on going!

    Thank you for reblogging my post as well! You can bet that I will be reading your blog for some food inspiration as well as some inspiration of strength!

    • Thank you so much for the kind words. I enjoy your blog as well. Thank you again!

  28. What an inspirational story, Mark! You are a true survivor! I wish you all the best!!! Rooting for you! 🙂

    • Thank you so much for your support and thank you for reading my blog!

  29. Very emotional and inspirational story.
    Pick-up your “Liebster Award” at http://chefdoru.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/what-a-week/

  30. Love your site and so glad I found it/you. My brother had a stage 3 melanoma removed from his back in 1980 and has been cancer free since then. Sounds like you’re on this path of being done with it. Sending you lots of good vibes and happy to join your support team. Paulette

    • Thank you so much! Please give your brother my best and a continued cancer free life.Mark

  31. Thank you so much for following my blog. Your story is compelling and inspiring. Keep writing…we’ll keep reading.

    Jude

  32. Hi Mark, Thanks for the repost. I can do with all the exposure I can get. Keep up the good work.
    Best,
    Conor

  33. Thank you for the repost Mark! Keep up the good work on your blog! It’s fantastic!

    • Your welcome, love your blog. And thank you.

  34. About 62,000 melanoma cases are diagnosed each year in the United States, and more than 8,400 people die of the disease, according to the American Cancer Society. Previous studies have shown that the rate of new diagnoses has been increasing among adults overall, but it was unclear what was happening with younger adults.-

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  35. You ROCKS my friend!
    not east to beat the hell out of melanoma cancer…
    i guess the perfect dietary will be a gret solution within,
    used organc veggies and fruit wil help…..
    nice to find your blog and journey….

  36. Thank you for visiting my blog Mark. I will check on that tip about getting the bison online. I read about your life journey, and I couldn’t help but feel that you are an extraordinary person. After what you had been through, you still keep a positive attitude toward life. Kudos to you and I wish you the best.

    • Thank you for the kind words! Here’s an early post about Wild Idea Buffalo and a $5 credit offer.

      If you read my blog you know how much I enjoy and how often I eat Buffalo, or Bison. My favorite selection of Buffalo is from Wild Idea Buffalo. I’ve been telling everyone how good their Buffalo is and what great service they have. Well now I have a special offer for everyone; $5 Credit to Wild Idea Buffalo! If you order by calling the toll free 1- 866-658-6137 and ask for Cyd Evans and reference myself, Mark Holloway, or my blog, My Meals are on Wheels, you’ll receive a $5.00 Credit and I’ll pick up a $5.00 Credit also. So if you’ve been thinking about trying Buffalo here’s your chance and get $5.00 Credit from Wild Idea Buffalo.
      http://wildideabuffalo.com/

      • Thanks Mark! 🙂

  37. Hi Mark
    I really admire your strength, determination and motivation. I shall follow your blog to keep up with your progress. You shall always be in my thoughts and prayers. Wish you all the best and keep on keeping strong. Thank you for visiting my blog, twice!

    • Thank you so much! Hopefully I can always stay one step ahead of cancer.

    • Thank you so much! Hopefully I can always stay one step ahead of cancer.

  38. Hello! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! It’s really just a fancy way of saying I like what you post and think other people should check you out! If you want to pay it forward to blogs you admire, you can check out the details on my post: http://domesticgeekgirl.wordpress.com/2013/07/24/the-versatile-blogger-award/
    I love your blog! Thanks for keeping my WordPress reader feed classy! ^_^

  39. You’ve got three awesome rewards. Go get them at http://chefdoru.com/2013/07/27/awards-three-of-them-in-one-shot/

  40. All the best for you, Mark. I’m a nurse, working in the department for dermatology since myn years so I partly know what you have been going through. Well done! Very well.
    Best regards from the North
    Dina

    • Thank you very much!

  41. You are very strong! Really admire your blog and lifestyle! Glad i stumbled here!

    • Thank you very much!

  42. Oh, my: Your story is inspirational: “This month almost to the very day marks my Anniversary of being Cancer Free also, 9 years! It’s been a struggle but I’m still here!” – MAZEL TOV! Cheers to a long and healthy life for you. You are a fighter. Here is to your bright and fun future!
    Warmly, Shanna
    P.S. Thank you for reblogging the chili recipe: I am elated that you enjoyed it.

    • Well thank you and congrats on your Anniversary of being Cancer Free! Thank you for stopping by my blog.

  43. It really seems like you have turned things around for the better when you made the conscious decision to be really aware of what you were putting in your body!

    It does have an effect, doesn’t it. In how we feel, how we look and how those parts of us work that we cannot see.

    Well done for doing as well as you have, proactively changing your health (and life) for the better)

    Miss Lou
    x

  44. Thank you for sharing your story! Such great triumphs! Happy for you!

  45. You impress me, Sir. Thanks for sharing your journey and triumphs with all of us. May you find continued healing and great joy in all the days and years ahead!
    Kathryn

    • Thank you so much!….and thank you for stopping by my bog also!

  46. You’re a champion. Keep fighting the good fight.

    • Thank you very much! This July will mark 10 years Cancer Free.

  47. All the best to you. I pray the God to give you enough strength and courage to win. You inspire me.

  48. Hi, I’ve nominated you Wonderful Team Member Readership award. Please visit http://ladiesbulletin.com/2014/06/10/awards-galore/ for more. Congratulations!!

  49. Hi, I would like to invite you to join BlogUmberilla at blogumberilla.wordpress.com so that more readers can know about your blog and you can meet bloggers of your interest.
    Cheers!

  50. Hi Mark..You have a great Health blog here..keep writing and enoy…You are a great struggler and positive thinking..persons..
    Keep in touch
    Regards Cyril
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    • Thank you so much Cyril! Thank you for stopping by and your comment.

  51. Hi Mark
    I recently finished reading The fault in our stars and since then I see every cancer survivor with one word- RESPECT. I enjoyed your blog and hope you keep inspiring us 🙂

  52. Thanks for stopping by. Hey, laughter is the best medicine and I hope you get some from my blog! You are a miracle, my friend. Best wishes!

  53. Hi Mark, nice to meet you 🙂
    I invite you to visit my kitchen, we prepare all the good recipes and exchange many ideas, if you like Italian food and Mediterranean, you can get ideas to vary your diet.
    I’m rooting for you!
    (forgive my English, I use the trduttore of goggle 😀 )
    Compared to Ti.
    good September
    Sally

    • Thank you very much, and you have a new follower!

  54. Wooooow that´s remarkable! Congratulations man!!! I wish you peace and love all the way through life ❤ 😀

  55. Wow your story is so inspirational!! 🙂

  56. About Sickness Jesus is the doctor of doctor & can do mighty things and love to read abt. ur life glad u r a quite strong person, God Bless u & you have a lovely blog too 🙂

  57. Well Congratulation on that victory 🙂

  58. Inspiring!! Being an oncopathologist, I see many patient to loose their battle, and our battle. So, here m proud of you , keep showing us the light of hope. My mom is a cancer survivor too, but she ‘d lymphoma. Melanoma is a much more tough battle and congratulations to u. I will pray to God for keeping you healthy.

    • I learned staying positive and staying angry at cancer is a big part of fighting cancer, along with prayer of course! There are so many Cancer Trials going on that can help people. Those trials may not ever get approved but they can save lives, I’m one. Cancer free since 2004! Thank you for your words of encouragement!!

  59. You are inspirational! I wish you a very healthy, happy foodie life ahead. I want to do a special feature on my blog http://www.thetezzyfiles.com can you please get in touch with me via email? thetezzyfiles@gmail.com

    • Thank you very much! It was a struggle early in the fight against Melanoma, but I’m doing okay. I’ll email you a bit later today. Thanks again.

  60. You have been nominated with Encouraging Thunder award http://encouraginglife.co/2015/04/02/blogger-award-encouraging-thunder-1/

    • Thank you.

      • You are welcome 🙂
        Keep them coming and stay healthy!

      • Thank you again!

  61. I would love to reblog this page but has no reblogging button 😦
    This could be an inspiration!

    • Thank you very much for that! I guess you could highlight it and copy, then paste it to reblog it.

      • Sure if that is ok with you I will put your blog address as the source. Thanks.

    • ..or just leave the link to it also. Thanks Mark

  62. Hi Mark, I just nominated you for the one lovely blog award. Pop over to my site (https://myunikitchen.wordpress.com/) to get the details.
    Ka

    • Thank you very much!!

      • you’re welcome!

      • Hello Mark. Im sure you’ve received rewards before, but I would just like to remind you that if you choose to accept the award I nominated you for please follow the rules of the award and 1) thank your nominator, 2) write 7 things about yourself and 3) nominate 15 other blogs you follow or enjoy. Just thought I’d let you know as it has been some time since you were nominated and have yet to do these things. Thanx. x

      • I thank you for the nomination but I no longer can fill those out. When I first started blogging I did a few and they just kept being more and more of them. But thank you very much, I do appreciate it.

      • Ah okay. Very well then. Would you mind if I retract your nomination and give it to someone else?

      • Not at all, and thank you again for the nomination.

  63. I just found your blog because Raymond re-blogged it on his site. You really are an inspiration to the rest of us. Why? Because you not only tell the reader exactly what is going on with yourself, but you make a concerted effort to follow the recommended nutritional guidelines and health advice given you. This makes it known that it is indeed possible to eat well yet eat healthily, too. I am having a suspicious dark raised bump on my face removed and biopsied in June. So I am on your page, reading and absorbing your advice.

    • Thank you very much! Please keep me updated on your health issue and stay positive!

  64. I have nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award.. Please check my post for the same.. Hope you appreciate it.. Good Luck 🙂

    • I do appreciate it but I no longer fill any of the awars out anymore, but again thank you very much for the nomination.

  65. Cancer can be beat!

  66. Hello there! I just wanted to say that you have an incredible blog, and I enjoy reading your work. I also think your writing is insightful, refreshing, and apt!

    • Thank you very much!

      • You’re quite welcome! It was my pleasure really!

  67. You are an inspiration,Mark. I came upon your blog while I was looking up another blogger’s post for meat free Mondays. You write really well and I admire what you are doing here. I just subscribed 🙂
    I am going to add a grilled fish with vegetables recipe that’s very healthy. Would love it if you could drop by and take a look at it in the coming week.
    http://www.anartsyappetite.com

    Thank you!

    • Well thank you so much!! I also subscribed to your blog, look forward to catching up on your blog and recipes.

  68. […] Mark at My Meals are On Wheels […]

  69. What a journey! Glad to know there’s someone beating cancer and for your recent good report. 🙂

  70. hey! i love following your blog, i have nominated you for an award https://kerrybakesblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/19/the-blogger-recognition-award/ x

  71. Congratulations Mark on becoming cancer free after all this time. What a wonderful job you have done of recording all the meals which will be an incredible if not life-saving resource for future sufferers.

  72. Wow Mark incredible chronicle of your life and beating the odds-Bravo Sir my hat is off to you! I would like to invite you to check out a fairly new site for Food Bloggers-easy concept directly linking to your Blog. https://wegrazetogether.wordpress.com or you can thread through my main web site https://clwiser.wordpress.com to the “Participating Food Blogs” Post. Would love to have you join us. I feel your incredible story and blog would help many! Happy New Year-2016 brings you continued Good Health and Happiness. Cheryl

  73. You are added to https://wegrazetogether.wordpress.com – Thanks for joining us Mark! Cheryl

  74. What an inspiration you are for others with cancer – well done, keep going, good luck and grazie!

  75. I do not know you, but I know how terrible such a disease can be. Therefore, it is even more impressive to me how you deal with it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience. I wish you all the best, Mark!

  76. Hi Mark, awesome blog! Your story is also very inspirational. All the best with everything and thanks for stopping by! Looking forward to more posts 🙂 – Faye

    • Thank you very much! Hope you enjoy the blog.

  77. Thanks for sharing, Mark. 🙂

    • If I can just encourage one person fighting cancer not to give up and fight like never before, I’m a happy guy! Always stay positive! And thank you!

      • I feel the same way. I’ve been fighting off Melanoma since the end of last year. I feel like if I can save one person from having to go through what I have in the past 8 months it will be worth it. I admire your courage. You’ve been through far worse than I have. Staying positive and being diligent with follow-up care is crucial.

      • Well good luck to you and your fight! There’s so many new treatments going on and trials. I’ve been cancer free since around 2004 and still go every 6 months to the Oncologist, once a year for scans and x-rays, and twice a year to the Dermatologist. I was one of the lucky ones, I was in a Cancer Trial at UPMC and there was 93 of us in it and I the lone survivor. They said it was just my immune system and how it reacted to the trial drugs, that and God above! If I can help in any way please let me know,I can get a lot of info if you would need it. Stay Strong!! Mark

      • Wow, Mark. God bless!

  78. Mark, the fighting spirit in you is something I one day aspire to have. Amazing work on the blog as well.

    • Thank you so much! 🙂

  79. Thank you for commenting on my blog and I also would like to send you love & light. What a wonderful transformation you have made and kicked that cancers butt!! I am in the medical field and I have heard about the trials on your immune system fighting off cancer. It’s quite interesting needless to say and amazing that someone has had success with this! I hope scientist and doctors continue to go in this direction whereas I personally hate chemotherapy. I hope all is well.. good luck to you in the future!

    • That was in 2004, the trial was never approved because of the low success rate,. But one of the drugs in the trial is now being used in most cancer treatments and trials. It’s been a battle but a lot of good doctors and prayers have help me beat it so far. Thank you for the encouragement! Mark

  80. Hi Mark. While we’ve never met, I can tell you I am proud of you for your accomplishments and your incredible will for succeeding. Despite the many challenges you have faced, you have overcome them and continue to step by step moving forward with your life. I value your words and look forward to reading more. Thank you.

    • Thank you so much, I hope you enjoy the blog!


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