My sixtieth birthday was an exciting and challenging one. That was the year I began to experience a constant and nagging back pain, thinking it was just part of my aging process. My doctor recommended physical therapy and after three visits to my therapist, I recall her saying, "You should not have this much pain. Something else is going on here." That "something else" turned out to be multiple myeloma.
Several months later, after radiation and oral chemotherapy, my myeloma was in check preparing me for a stem cell transplant at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis, IN during December of 2010.
My family and friends strongly supported and cared for me throughout this difficult time. It was with their love and my faith that I was able to survive this challenge to my life.
Today I have been in CR, complete remission, since that time. I feel blessed to share my experience and to participate as co-leader of our support group.