10 months and still ticking!

Welcome, I am Mark Ivy, a born and bred Hoosier.
I am father to two wonderful sons, Dave and Kev, of whom I am very proud;
two terrific daughters-in-law, Anna and Hailey; three beautiful granddaughters, Dylan, Alaina and Amelia.

On May 9, 2017, my lung specialist hit me with the news I had maybe six months to live if the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD),
the damage caused by the histoplasmosis described below, ran its normal course.
I am now on hospice at home. Content and ready to cross over the river to the other side.

On September 2, 2014, I was diagnosed with disseminated histoplasmosis, a fungal infection, discovered by a biopsy of my larynx.
The infection is fatal if left untreated. For 2 1/2 years I lived under a death sentence being misdiagnosed
with a non-specific bacterial infection which left my right lung a "dried up sponge" and non-functioning.
I was aggressively treated for the infection with antifungals.
The treatment ended October of 2015 and fortunately did not take two years.

I suffer from chronic Horton's Syndrome. The effects vary widely causing various problems.
Statistically, Horton's affects only 0.1% of the population. Major depression also attacks me regularly.

Delve into the inner sanctum that is known as Mark's mind. Share my thoughts, ideas, opinions, ups, downs, the trepidations of life
along with the triumphs that come along as the sea of life is traversed. Visit my blog, Inside My Mind.

My thoughts, opinions on anything political, economic, environmental, educational, religious, social issues and concerns, science, technology,
health, medical news or anything that may cause a strong viewpoint, opinion or perspective may be read at From the Cornfield.

Mark at 17
Mark at 26
Mark at 36
Mark at 62
Mark at 63