When were you diagnosed and how old were you?
July 25, 2008 – age 61
Where have you received treatment?
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
Why did you or your doctor choose a specific treatment?
I was diagnosed at Stage IIIB with 75% infiltration. I knew I was in a dismal state and wanted aggressive treatment so I could live for awhile. Previous to MM I was in superb health.
What has been the side effects of the different treatments?
...constipation, bone pain, hair loss, unrelenting fatigue.
What are the top lessons learned that you would want a newly diagnosed MM patient to know about?
Go to a TOP cancer center for treatment , where your physicians and their staff have untold years of experience in treating MM and they can anticipate your needs. Even though you feel so out of control, you can take charge in some aspects. Remember that it is YOUR body and YOUR health insurance paying the hundreds of thousands of dollars, so speak up!
How have you been able to stay positive and encouraged in your MM journey?
I do believe that God doesn’t give us a burden greater than we can bear.
After being diagnosed... What perspective was changed the most?
I truly no longer sweat the small stuff. I keep any negative people out of my life (and that includes physicians and nurses.) I indulge myself in what I love (being with my grandkids, talking frequently with my sons and daughter, planning future trips...