I am Alina and I would love to share our story. My husband Keith at the age of 50 was diagnosed with multiple myeloma last October of 2013. With 4 children, ages 3 – 17, one person income and a future that we had planned, we were devastated to learn that he got an odd incurable cancer. We had never heard of this cancer before so it was more scary and confusing and we had no idea what to do or where to turn.

What first was a pain in the arm, turned into a life changing event. It was on October 4 2013 when we learned it was a large tumor, further testing and fighting with insurances and getting answers.

It took us a month to find out that he had Multiple Myeloma. So we searched and searched online, finding out misleading information that only scared us more, doctors weren’t giving us definite answers we needed, and then I searched and found a Multiple Myeloma group, a wonderful group with beautiful people full of life. We spoke to people and realize wow, we aren’t alone, and there is time to fight, and it isn’t time to give up and life will go on.

After agonizing pain in his back, chest, legs, it was scary to think everything will be fine. Finally getting treatment Thanksgiving week, things looked better, but it was definitely a roller coaster, and it still is…….. but with the fighting, different health regime we do and with the chemo combo of Velcade, Revlimid, and Dex. His Myeloma cells have been cut in half, in 4 months. He started at 90% myeloma cells in his bone marrow.

I could not be more grateful for the support, the knowledge shared to us, the doctors, and everyone who has helped us get through the first couple months. We know there is a long road ahead but we will keep fighting, I will keep learning and bringing awareness to others. I would love to help the best I can because no one should feel scared alone. Don’t give up, Don’t give in to the fear of it, just be strong and know there are people fighting along side with you.

— Alina C. 

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