Stories from the MMRF Community

People have opened their hearts and lives to share their experiences with multiple myeloma and the MMRF. Here are some of the inspirational stories we have received.

"I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2008, some cancer that I had never heard of. At this time I am in the monitoring stage. I read the MMRF newsletter all the time and it has helped me understand more. It also helps me understand that I am not the only one with this cancer. I know I have a long road ahead of me. The MMRF has given me hope. Thanks for letting me read some of those letters of hope."
— Maria

"Nagging Back/hip pain in 2002 prompted a visit to the doctor in 2002. Fortunately, my health provider ordered a MRI and I was ultimately diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. I was 46 yrs old. Later, there was an article in a magazine about Kathy G and her journey. I finally felt a sense of relief that someone was forging ahead with MM research and development and she was about my age no less. I have been blessed by the MMRF updates, mailings, and conferences. Kathy and her team are giving "thrivers" like myself renewed hope for the future and a cure."
— Jill

"When I was 50 years old I started getting bad back pains every time I exercised, I was told to "stretch more before I exercised," then I broke my collarbone when I picked up my 17 lb. dog, Buddie. I was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and had two stem cell transplants. I have been in remission from Multiple Myeloma for exactly ten years now — thank the Lord and my doctors!"
— Kathy

"I have, also, lost three inches off my height. I was diagnosed in the summer of 2007 at which time I was very ill and weak. Needless to say, I was very disturbed to learn that I was a cancer victim. I have a very competent, caring oncologist, David Shepro, who recommended that I see Dr.Richardson for a second opinion. He was very confident that my treatment was what he would have prescribed. It was through Dr. Richardson that I learned about MMRF. I have learned much from the two MMRF sponsored seminars that I attended. I, also find the regular news updates from the MMRF on the Internet very helpful and encouraging. I try to walk at least a mile daily and am able to carry on most of my regular life. I probably wouldn't be alive if it weren't for the MMRF and what it is doing. "
— Clara May

"I have a 19 plus year MM survival story, after being diagnosed with stage 3 in 1992. I am 63 and have been in 6 clinical trials, including ones helping to get both Velcade and Revlimid approved. Our experiences help empower others to live well with multiple myeloma. Stay active and I’ll do the same."
— Jim