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Posted by billmill22 on Sunday, November 14, 2010


                   Hello to everyone!  I know some of the HO members are customers of mine and some may not know me, and about my battle with MULTIPLE MYELOMA, a non curable cancer. Back in November 2007 I was diagnosed with stage 4 multiple myeloma and didn’t have much hope, but  with the help of God and the support of great doctors at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia, PA and, my family support,  I was able to survive!  I have developed (Peripheral Neuropathy) as a side effect of the chemo treatments.  After three years of Chemo and Radiation treatments I was able to try a Stem Cell Replacement in July of this year.  Everything went well and now it’s over 100 days post transplant (which is a goal date the Doctors reference your cancer health against) and I’m feeling better than I have since contracting cancer. My post 100 day bone marrow biopsy showed 0 cancer cells! This is a very good result of the Stem Cell Transplant and translates into a longer life. Although there is no cure for Multiple Myeloma, a stem cell transplant is, at this time, the very best treatment for it. Now I can think about things in terms of a future!  I have to thank everyone that has prayed for me and offered best wishes ( and there were/and are,  plenty!).  With all of the prayers that helped me get through this and the help it gave the Doctors treating me it was a great success.

                  Now it’s time to get back into playing my banjos! It has been three years since I put them away and I was surprised to find that all of the skin heads were fine, none tore!  I decided to buy the “The Ultimate Plectrum Banjo Player’s Guide” even though I had plenty of other study guides I had purchased in the past. I thought it would be a good idea if I started back playing the banjo with a different approach than before.  Out of all my banjos I found the 1915 Vega open back to be the easiest to play at this time.

                  It's also time for some different skins for my Store. I have added Plain Natural calfskins, and will have Brown and Green colored Calfskins soon. The Brown is very nice especially for an open-back old timey look. The Green Calfskin is something that looks very good also, especially for my Tenor banjo around St. Patrick’s Day, to show off my Irish roots!

               Well, with all that has happened in the last three years it’s nice to be back!

PS, I would be happy to discuss anything about Multiple Myeloma and/or any of the procedures to fight this cancer with anyone that has contracted it or is a care giver to anyone with it. I have had:  chemo infusions, radiation treatments,  dialysis treatments for Kidney failure, and a stem cell transplant. Please feel free to e-mail me about any of this.

3 comments on “Hello! I'm back.”

Banjosnob Says:
Monday, November 15, 2010 @3:25:15 PM

Boy, you have been around-the-block a couple of times!!!!! Glad you are feeling well and able to pick up the banjo. Good luck!

Banjosnob Says:
Monday, November 15, 2010 @3:25:16 PM

Boy, you have been around-the-block a couple of times!!!!! Glad you are feeling well and able to pick up the banjo. Good luck!

kc8tby Says:
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 @12:57:40 AM

Welcome back, Bill! I'm so happy to hear that you have been on the mend as of late!
Congratulations on a battle won and a hard journey finally over!

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