I am a 46-year-old mom of three young children, ages 11, 10 and 8. In October 2014 I went to the hospital with an eye infection. After days of testing and me getting pneumonia, having dialysis and being put on a respirator I was ultimately diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a rare cancer of the blood whose typical victim are overweight, 65+-year-old African American males. Certainly doesn’t describe me!
After two-plus years of treatment including chemotherapy and a Stem Cell transplant, I am THRILLED to be able to say I have achieved a Stringent Complete Response – the A+ of remission types for a Myeloma patient!
Multiple Myeloma is currently considered incurable but there are so many amazing breakthroughs on the horizon that I am hoping soon enough I will be able to say there is a CURE for Multiple Myeloma. In the meantime I plan to tell my story to try and help others, perhaps change someone’s perspective and keep myself sane!