I have spent over 30 years as a rheumatologist treating thousands of people with abnormally overact immune systems causing arthritis. Now ironically I have multiple myeloma, a malignant condition of the immune system, specifically plasma cells.

I have undergone autologous bone marrow transplantation and pre- and postoperative chemotherapy. For the time being I feel good and enjoying life until my myeloma relapses, if it does.

For planning purposes and family and friend relationships, it is really nice to have a crystal ball, even though murky, to plan for the future. In some ways, the condition has been a blessing.

– Robert

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