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Live Each Day to the Fullest

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My story of MM starts with a trip to the doctor for a routine physical. As part of my checkup, a CMP was drawn which showed an elevation in my protein level. I was called by the doctor who indicated she wanted me to have further tests because this elevation is seen in those with […]

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The New Normal

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In 2013-14 I went from doctor to doctor to doctor…a 5 day stay in a hospital, trying physical therapy, pain meds, and injections at a pain clinic for about a year. During that year, of not being diagnosed with anything, bones in my back, ribs, and sacrum were fracturing. FINALLY, in June of 2014, I […]

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When one becomes the patient

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Much to everyone’s surprise, age 58 brought a diagnosis of Multiple Myeloma. It is an incurable blood cancer, with no clear and accepted treatment path and a limited life expectancy. When one is no longer the medical provider and becomes the patient, they enter a community shared only by others faced with similar dilemmas and […]

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Find the best physician

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I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma on August 31, 2010 at 34 years old after suffering 2 unexplained rib fractures. I was blessed to see a physician who was familiar with myeloma and it’s symptoms and quickly tested me for it. I was referred to an oncologist and started treatment immediately. Since then, I’ve had […]

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Helping to Fund A Cure

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I was diagnosed in 2007 with Multiple Myeloma, and after chemotherapy as well as two stem cell transplants, I decided that I needed to do more for the Myeloma population.  I helped to create the Annual Miracles for Myeloma 5K race/walk in New Jersey to help raise funds for the IMF in  pursuit of research, […]

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On being a Warrior and a Survivor

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My journey began in 2001.  I was working as a registered nurse, coming off of 3 back to back 12 hour shifts. My 11 year old had an away soccer tournament, my sister was going with me to drive and see the games.  I felt extremely tired and felt like I was coming down with […]

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Two generations of MM patients

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I was diagnosed with MM on February 3rd 2016. I stared RVD in March and had my stem cell transplant in July 2017. I am living a normal life and doing pretty good. I am 56 African American woman. My mom passed away from MM 2006. I was told it is not genetic but apparently […]

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A difficult journey

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After having a general blood test in 1998, my internist told me to see a hematologist because my protein level was very high.  The hematologist did a bone marrow test and I was diagnosed with MGUS.  I was checked twice a year and in 2012 MGUS became multiple myeloma. After so many years I thought […]

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A Lot To Be Optimistic About

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At 34 years old I was living a pretty incredible life. My wife and I had welcomed our second daughter in March of 2015. We were in the final months of construction on our new house and looking forward to soon calling it home. Yet something wasn’t quite right. For close to a year I […]

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Gifts Emerge

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Spring 2011: My primary care physician (PCP) found elevated creatinine and protein in my urine.  I was feeling fine at this “well check-up ” until these test results. Anxiety rose. I felt frantic. The nephrologist believed that I had interstitial nephritis, an inflammation of the kidneys. It resolved somewhat by itself but did not go […]

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