Keep On Keeping On

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

As a new week begins, the focus will be to keep on keeping on. Now is not the time to quit, but to strive to push forward until I can push no more.

A beautiful day in the Cornfield. While still hot, not as much as last week. 

Youngest Son Kevin has his 2000 Dodge Neon on the block. With only 98,000 miles, I would love to buy it.

I know in my mind I have reached the halfway point in the time the doctor said I have. Try telling that to my body.

I may have my moments, but other than almost constant need for oxygen, I am functioning fairly normal. That is if don’t get up.


That’s the way it is in Mark’s Den.

And how is your Monday going?

Here we are decked out in shirts which Mom sewed for us using a pattern from I think Sears.

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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.

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