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Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis for Thanksgiving

“I just don’t feel right.” That’s how I remember it starting. And then the simple things like climbing one flight of stairs in my house winded me. “Hmmm. Strange.” And then the pain that came when I went to see a chiropractor because I thought I needed a simple adjustment. “Ouch! He broke a rib!”

And then one week later right after Thanksgiving 2018, I couldn’t handle the pain any longer. Emergency Room here I come! 6 hours later a stranger was telling me with tears in her eyes that they believed I had Multiple Myeloma. “Multiple what?”

And thus began my journey.

I’ve just begun my third cycle on Rvlmd, Velcade, Xgeva, and Dex. I’ve responded to treatment well they say. We met with a bone marrow transplant team in Kansas City and we were thrilled with them. I’m scheduled for stem cell harvest at the end of March 2019 followed by chemo and transplant.

Today was a good day. I’ve learned to manage my current treatment. Meaning, I know when I’ll be tired. I know when to work and when I’ll be strapped with fatigue. I feel lucky that I’m a Pastor full time and my church has been so gracious to me and my family. I’m also grateful I found this community. You’re all in my prayers as we navigate the unknowns together. Thank you for allowing me to enter your lives in this way.

I look forward to keeping you, my new family, updated on my ups and downs as well as reading about yours. May you be richly blessed as you navigate these sometimes turbulent shores.

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  • Crystal Harper moderator
    9 months ago

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us! We are all thinking about you as you begin your stem cell harvest in a couple weeks and continue through your treatment. Please keep us posted on how you’re doing. By sharing your story, you are helping so many people who may be dealing with the exact same thing. Sending all the healthy vibes your way!

  • kingsson
    9 months ago

    Hello there! I have just read your story, after I posted mine. I’ve been on the Multiple Myeloma road for about four years now. One thing I know for sure, and that is nothing surprises God! Please do keep us abreast of developments for you!

  • Yolanda Brunson-Sarrabo moderator
    10 months ago

    Wishing you positive vibes as you process through this journey. I pray your SCT goes well next month. Please let us know when you’re up and about how everything went. Best!

  • Ann Harper moderator
    11 months ago

    It’s wonderful that you have your faith to lean on as you go through this. I wish you the very best as you continue on your journey and I will say a parayer for you.

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