“America is the only country to go from barbarism to decadence without ever passing through civilization. – George Bernard Shaw”

- Mark W. Syverud




If America is the only country to go from barbarism to decadence without ever passing through civilization… Then Mark 2.0 may be “the only patient to go from constipation to diarrhea without ever passing through regular.” (His whimsical description, not mine.) The side effects of the bone marrow transplant have definitely begun.


In addition to bowel problems, Mark 2.0 gets to enjoy neuropathy problems, chemo brain problems, and restless leg problems. While these all seem pretty unpleasant, they are fairly normal side effects from the transplant and all the medications. However, as his body takes to the blood type, immune system, and DNA of that of the donor’s, some mysterious side effects have started to pop up…


These include, but are not limited to:

- craving for corn and/or corn-fed beef

- painting his face red and white before tailgating University of Nebraska football games

- sudden knowledge on how to operate heavy farm equipment

- crushing beers, loving his mama, and fearing God


No turning back now. Here’s to hoping Mark 2.0 likes his new life as a 19 year-old Midwestern guy!!




Mark and his friend Dan Hall demonstrate the salutation of choice for infection-conscious gentlemen everywhere: the fist bump.



“America is the only country to go from barbarism to decadence without ever passing through civilization. – George Bernard Shaw”
- Mark W. Syverud


If America is the only country to go from barbarism to decadence without ever passing through civilization… Then Mark 2.0 may be “the only patient to go from constipation to diarrhea without ever passing through regular.” (His whimsical description, not mine.) The side effects of the bone marrow transplant have definitely begun.

In addition to bowel problems, Mark 2.0 gets to enjoy neuropathy problems, chemo brain problems, and restless leg problems. While these all seem pretty unpleasant, they are fairly normal side effects from the transplant and all the medications. However, as his body takes to the blood type, immune system, and DNA of that of the donor’s, some mysterious side effects have started to pop up…

These include, but are not limited to:
- craving for corn and/or corn-fed beef
- painting his face red and white before tailgating University of Nebraska football games
- sudden knowledge on how to operate heavy farm equipment
- crushing beers, loving his mama, and fearing God

No turning back now. Here’s to hoping Mark 2.0 likes his new life as a 19 year-old Midwestern guy!!


Mark and his friend Dan Hall demonstrate the salutation of choice for infection-conscious gentlemen everywhere: the fist bump.