About Me

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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!

Since I started writing I have been published on The Mighty and Scary Mommy – which really has been a dream come true.  I hope to keep adding to that list!

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8 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Hi Jen, I hope you’re having a good day. We’re starting a community of bloggers who have experiences or expertise relating to cancer and I wanted to ask if you’d like to be part of it! Every month, we’ll be sharing our favourite blogs, articles and thoughts on different topics around living with cancer. I thought you’d be a perfect addition to our list of bloggers – would you be interested? If so, please email emily@livebetterwith.com and I can send you some more details. Hope to hear from you. Emily x

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  2. I also do not make myeloma sense! I had a blood test to figure put a certain stomach ache I was having my liver enzymes were through the roof so they ran some different test. I got a call that I had a forgotten gallstone and a blood test came back alarming. I am on day 8 of trying to understand how to go on. I have spent my whole life battling depression, now I don’t want to die. I look at my 3 babies, 16,8,2 and I want to see them get old. I’m scared but your page has helped me today. Thank you.

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    • Lacey – I’m so sorry! I know this can all be so overwhelming! For the first few months, I would put my kids to bed and watch them while they slept – and would just cry and cry. I can tell you that, while it doesn’t seem like it’s at ALL possible, that does get (somewhat) easier. My kids were 4, 6 and 7 when I was diagnosed in Oct 2014. To see each milestone they achieve feels like such a sweet blessing! Wishing you good health and strength in the months and years to come! #gameon, Jen

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  3. Spinning, crying and overwhelmed, I’ve been desperately searching for any stories of mom’s with MM who are surviving (thriving). I am a single mom to my beautiful 10 yr old daughter — so when I was just last week diagnosed as having gone from MGUS to SMM — and with an MRI on the calendar for next week, I’m downward spiraling. I’m suffocating with fear and uncontrollable sobbing that this test will show that I have MM. I have moments where I think that I can fight this — i MUST fight this – for my little girl…and your blog is what pulls me back into fighter mode. I thank you so much for having this blog and want you to know how grateful I am to have found it. I will not lie, I’m still spinning, but I am trying to yank myself out of it and into “let’s fight this, we can do this” mode. The wait to next week MRI and then the “call” from my doctor — I feel like I’m drowning. How to manage the “wait” … always the wait.

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