Health Update

After one week of the new chemo regimen, my M-protein level has already dropped 0.08 points, getting me below the crucial 1.0 level. It’s good to see a positive response so quickly. In other good news, now that I’m off the Revlimid my white counts are starting to rise too. My immune system is back in the normal range (barely) for the first time in over a year.

But there’s a cloud for every silver lining, isn’t there? Since the new cocktail includes my old nemesis Velcade, my neuropathy is already getting worse. There’s a new oral version of Velcade that’s easier on the neuropathy, but my doctor thinks it’s not as well proven to work in combination with my other meds. Blecch.


We recently wrapped up the crowdfunding campaign for our ambitious Mother Jones Corruption Project, and it was a smashing success. About 10,364 readers pitched in with donations averaging $45, and together they contributed about $467,374 toward our $500,000 goal.

That's amazing. We still have donations from letters we sent in the mail coming back to us, so we're on pace to hit—if not exceed—that goal. Thank you so much. We'll keep you posted here as the project ramps up, and you can join the hundreds of readers who have alerted us to corruption to dig into.

We Recommend


Sign up for our newsletters

Subscribe and we'll send Mother Jones straight to your inbox.

Get our award-winning magazine

Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights.


Support our journalism

Help Mother Jones' reporters dig deep with a tax-deductible donation.


Share your feedback: We’re planning to launch a new version of the comments section. Help us test it.