Family? Friends?

Delve into the light and dark that is Mark

I know I should not be with my history, but I am. I am in shock at the response or rather the lack of response to the favor I asked of each of you.

A Favor

To-date, two members of Citizen Journalists Live have responded along with my online sister from the other side of the world. Otherwise, crickets keep chirping. 

Family – no stories of you and I? Even if I am the butt of a joke or guilty of doing the wrong thing?

Friends – online or real world, no memories of us, even if I was wrong and you were right?

It is open season on Mark!

Mark’s out of his Den!

Email or message your memory – good or bad.

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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.