We met with Steve's oncologist on Thursday. We didn't receive the news we were hoping to hear -- however he is very close to remission. One wonders about this process, the chemo almost killed him yet the cancer lives on! Tells you something about the tenacity of those cells. He will continue on maintenance chemo for at least a year and a half. The hope is that these medications will put him into remission. The numbers are heading in the right direction which is also a good sign. A heartfelt thanks to all of you who have stayed in touch and prayed for our family during the past six months, we appreciate you and will let you know when Steve is in full remission.
My name is Stephen Tanner. I am a sixty one year old male with Multiple
Myeloma, and even though my disease is the reason for this blog site, it by no means defines who I am.
Who am I?
I am husband to Lynn, my eternal companion and best friend for the last 41 years.
I am the father of two daughters, Jennifer and Kelly, grandfather of nine and father-in-law to two wonderful men who had the good sense to marry my daughters.
I am a Child of God.
I am a product of my western pioneer heritage.
I am one of ten children.
I am an ex U. S. Air Force pilot.
I love my country.
When I was young I dreamed of being a professional baseball player. However, as a teenager I realized that wasn’t going to be, minor problems with strength, speed and coordination.
I have faith in God and trust him to guide my life. I believe there is a purpose in all of our trials even though it is not always obvious to us at the time.
My family is the greatest joy in my life.
I am a Program Manager for a company that designs and builds computer generated visual systems for flight simulators. I love it and the people I work with, but it is what I do, not who I am.