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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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James M. – California, USA

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I was diagnosed in June 2010. I began treatment with Velcade. I attended my first IMF conference in LA in August. I learned a tremendous amount about my disease there. My Oncologist was suggesting a stem cell transplant because my labs were not showing much improvement. I was fortunate enough in Oct. to have Dr […]

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Monica V. – Riverside, CA

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Four years ago while ballroom dancing my knee gave out and I went down. An MRI was done and lesions were found around my knee. A bone marrow biopsy in my knee narrowed it down to Multiple Myeloma. I did 3 rounds of chemotherapy then harvested my own stem cells and had a stem cell […]

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Delia M. – Running Springs, CA

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For several months I had been experiencing a nagging back pain.  One month in to a three month trip, while hiking on Memorial weekend, my back went out and I ended up in the emergency room. I was prescribed pain pills and muscle relaxers. After 10 days the pain was no better and one morning […]

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Melinda C. – Salinas, CA

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The summer of 2008, I began having steady back pain. I assumed I had hurt something when splitting wood for the season at our cabin. I went to the doctor, and got blown off for a while, being treated like “Yeah, yeah, back pain”. I got a referral to a well-known neurosurgeon in town, got […]

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Ed W. – Manhattan Beach, CA

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I was diagnosed in July 2006. Initially treated with Velcade/Dex. Went into remission for 4+ years. Relapsed December 2010. Had auto stem cell transplant in February 2012. It went well and I’m in remission now on a regimen of Revlimid and Prednisone. I feel like one of the lucky ones whose myeloma is very responsive […]

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Michelle – San Diego, CA

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My name is Michelle and I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2010. I had always been an active person who maintained a healthy lifestyle through exercise and a good diet. When the back pain started in 2009 I was told by my Primary Physician it most likely was a strain and sent to PT. […]

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Andy S. – Newport Beach, CA

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Because of my good fortune and health I have tried, for the last 4 years to give back to the MM community. I have done it by raising awareness of our disease to as many people as possible as I have bicycled along the east, west and gulf coasts. In my journey every year during […]

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Art T. – Palo Alto, CA

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Came down with pneumonia the 6th time in 5 years in August 2002. The Doctor felt some thing was wrong, did tests & told me I had myeloma & 1-3 years to live. I returned home to AZ and Mayo confirmed it, put me on “chemo”. The first week nearly killed me, causing a 5 […]

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Lilliana S. – Huntington Beach, CA

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My journey began in September 2011. I was in great shape for a 55 year young female. I started having pain in my right shoulder, thinking it was probably a muscle I pulled while playing golf. I went to see an Orthopedic doctor. He took X-rays and couldn’t find anything so I asked him if […]

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