December 2013, our family was gathered in the living room when my dad gave my brother and I the shocking news that he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. Needless to say it was not the type of Christmas we were expecting.

What was unique about my dad’s situation is he didn’t have any of the symptoms related to MM, no bone problems, no kidney problems, they caught it when he went in for a check up due to a sinus problem he couldn’t seem to kick.

The next 6 months were a series of doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy treatments and then in the Summer of June 2014 he had his first Stem Cell Transplant.

He went back to the doctor for testing in October 2014 to find out of the Stem Cell Transplant had worked and if the cancer was in remission. He was getting good reports all around until 2 of the 5 tests came back with unsatisfactory results. We had to start the process again, more chemotherapy, new drugs, and another stem cell transplant coming up this summer.

It’s been a hard road to walk.  Thankfully we have a solid support system. This is something no one should have to endure alone. We have to take it one day at a time that’s all we can do.

–  Anna

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