Cancer launched a surprise attack on Mark Bandy in June 2020. He suddenly started experiencing significant pain in his legs and feet that left him barely able to stand or walk. After many weeks of appointments and testing with doctors and specialists, Mark was ultimately diagnosed with (Stage 4) Nodular Lymphocyte-Predominant Hodgkin Lymphoma, a rare type of Hodgkin Lymphoma.
“The diagnosis was a truly bitter-sweet moment” said his wife Michelle. “You never want to receive a diagnosis of cancer; however it was a relief to finally know what was causing his pain so we could begin figuring out our battle plan!”
Mark’s first response was to take a strong, aggressive, and positive approach towards cancer. Mark said, “I had heard from other cancer survivors that keeping a positive mindset was extremely important, especially since the treatment can be so mentally and physically devastating. I took this advice to heart and decided that to treat cancer like a personal enemy that I would not surrender to.”
“Admittedly, I was very scared about what this would mean for both me and my family. I didn’t know if I could maintain a brave face when I was feeling awful and wasn’t sure what to expect next. But I’m incredibly fortunate to have a strong support base.”
The troops rallied! His family and friends responded by providing meals, rides, and more love and encouragement than Mark could have ever imagined. Their strategy worked. Mark was declared in remission after several months of chemotherapy. He was also able to return to work after completing physical therapy.
Mark’s song, No One Fights Alone, reflects on his personal battle with cancer. First from the patient perspective, then as a caregiver, and finally from the perspective of the community. Every line has a very personal meaning to him and he hopes this song will inspire others during their journey.
Mark was a music major in high school and college before becoming a tour and studio musician. He has performed with The Boxtops, Bowzer (Sha Na Na), Roger McQuinn (The Byrds), Billy J. Kramer and Bobby Lewis. Mark and his wife Michelle live in Maryland and have two amazing sons, Bill and Jeremy.
Mark Bandy's interview video
Mark Bandy's music video
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