I was a normal, seemingly healthy 31 year old woman until April 2015 uncovered the presence of Multiple Myeloma, a rare blood cancer that typically targets the 50-70 year old population as well as African American men. Apparently the Myeloma community was looking for some diversity? While treatment options and remission rates have vastly improved, the fact of the matter is that there is no cure and we MM warriors are just fighting for as much time as we can possibly get.
Nearly three years ago I watch my mother lose her third fight with breast cancer. While treatments like chemo and radiation had saved her life in the past, they were no match when cancer reared its ugly head that final time, and the side effects were horrible to watch. I believe my mom is with me now, pushing me to not leave it all to drugs that harm the body on top of killing cancer. I’m fortunate enough to be in the “smoldering” state of Myeloma. Careful monitoring in the form of monthly lab work is the current plan. Which doesn’t seem so bad minus the fact that I am worse than most small children when it comes to needles! I’m taking that gift of time and doing everything I can to postpone my cancer from being active enough to treat. I feel compelled to share my journey not only as a way to inform family and friends of the current state of things but also to serve as a resource to others going through the same thing.
Taking it one day at a time,