by Kimberly Blozie - Feb 17, 2011
In 1998, she was also diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Ferraro had felt unusually tired at the end of her senate campaign and in November of that year, was given the diagnosis. In time, Ferraro became a frequent speaker on the disease, and an avid supporter and honorary board member of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. Though initially given only three to five years to live, by virtue of several new drug therapies and a bone marrow transplant, she has beaten the disease’s Stage 1 survival mean of 62 months by a factor of two. Although she is not in remission, and her health has deteriorated, her multiple myeloma is managed through the approval of new treatments, and through adjusting her treatments.
Geraldine Ferraro is a heroic woman because of her accomplishments and because she is winning the battle against multiple myeloma. Thanks to the MMRF and clinical research, Geraldine is a living example of the transition of what was once a fatal disease into a chronic one. Eventually, the goal, as with all cancers, is to cure it.