STATEN ISLAND, N.Y.– Laura Mooney appreciated former NBC news anchor Tom Brokaw announcing that he has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma. The cancer that affects the bone marrow is rare and often deadly and Brokaw’s revelation brings attention to the need for learning more about it.

 The Sunnyside resident also understands his request for privacy, but she couldn’t help but be disappointed.

 “I wish he would tell his story. How did he discover it? What were his symptoms? Was it a routine blood test?” said Mrs. Mooney, whose husband, Charlie Mooney, was diagnosed in 2010.

 “A little bit of that information would go a long way. Early diagnosis is essential,” she added.

An abnormality in his blood work and back pain led to her husband’s diagnosis. He is in remission, and they formed a support group in 2013 to help other people and their families deal with the difficulties of living with the disease, which cannot be cured but can be managed.

The support group’s meeting and a teleconference about “chemo brain” it is publicizing are among this month’s listings of support groups and screenings that are provided free to help people with health issues.

Check listings weekly in Health Happenings and online at

By Kathryn Carse/Staten Island Advance on March 06, 2014

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