Each year I wonder what to write to share how multiple myeloma has effected my life and why this cause is so important to me. As I sit down to write today my overwhelming feeling is of gratitude at how lucky I have been:
- I have lived with myeloma for 14 years while the average lifespan from diagnosis is 4-10 years.
- I have been motivated to persue a career in nursing and now, 11 years into that career I continue to learn, grow and enjoy each day.
- I have now lived half my life with John, my partner-in-everything. He has never once let my cancer diagnosis hold either of us back from anything, and I rely on him to both keep me grounded and raise me up.
- Despite chemo, radiation and a stem cell transplant in 2005 and surgery and radiation in 2017 I was able to bring two healthy and amazing children into this world who brighten each of my days.
What is the Multiple Myeloma?
Multiple Myeloma is a cancer of plasma cells found in bone marrow. Normal plasma cells help the immune system fight disease, but when plasma cells become cancerous they grow out of control and can produce a tumor called a plasmacytoma. If someone has more than one plasmacytoma, they have multiple myeloma.
Why support this event?
Defeat Multiple Myeloma’s mission is to raise awareness of multiple myeloma while supporting research that seeks to discover new treatments, improve the quality of life for myeloma patients, and ultimately find a cure for this devastating form of cancer. Funds from the 2019 Defeat Multiple Myeloma event will continue to support immunotherapy research and clinical trials at Fred Hutch which are using CAR-T cells and have shown very promising early results for patients.