We wish we could personally reach out to each of you. But for now, we would like to share our brief introduction to Larry’s health challenge. This summer Larry's roving back pain, which flared with the beginning of summer, became progressively worse. A few trips to triage, ER, physical and massage therapists did not result in pain relief, nor an apparent reason for or relief from roving pain and stiffness.
If you saw him walking in the office hallway or around our block, you may have noticed that the spring in his step looked rusty and in need of oil. In the last few weeks, Larry's ability to walk, climb stairs and concentrate resembled an 80-year-old disabled person rather than our lively and athletic friend and colleague. And, despite his best efforts, the pain and immobility increased.
Last week, he began a diagnostic journey that resulted in a diagnosis of cancer, specifically Multiple Myeloma. Fortunately for us, Larry's good friend who is a physician, became our quarterback and cheerleader. He guided us with the best possible advice, "What I would do if I were you..." and, since Monday, Larry has been hospitalized and working with a fabulous team.
Multiple Myeloma is blood cancer and while it is incurable, it is treatable. We are confident about our clinical care team and have already begun treatment at Regions Hospital in St. Paul. With a few more tests, we will confirm participation in two clinical trials in collaboration with Regions Hospital and the Mayo Clinic.
Larry hopes to be out of the hospital by next week. He will receive ongoing treatment as an outpatient. Since this type of cancer can cause anemia, and all procedures require rest and positive energy, he will be taking it easy for a few months to allow his body to adjust to these new conditions. Additionally, he will be sporting a cervical collar to support the bones in his neck.
We are also tremendously proud of our adult children; Elizabeth, Rebecca, Max, and Josh are helping out with impressive flexibility and fierce dedication to their Dad and his wellbeing. With their love and support, and our grandbaby's smile and presence, we are grateful parents.
Our daughter Elizabeth Rose Miskovich has been working side-by-side with Larry for seven years. She and Larry’s amazing assistant, Jennifer, will keep everything rolling in the office. Luckily, Josh Miskovich, our son-in-law, is also with Northwestern Mutual and will pinch hit as needed. Once Larry returns to the office, he likely will have a reduced schedule but wants you to know that you are always in good hands.
We feel your love in hearts and hear your prayers and words of encouragement.
With sincere appreciation for friendship and kindness,