• Who Is Sue?



    I'm a 43 year old Multiple Myeloma patient. I was treated for a solitary plasmacytoma in '09, and progressed to MM in the spring of 2012. I had a successful Stem Cell Transplant in November of that year, and have been on maintenance chemotherapy since, relapsing at the end of 2014. I served for several weeks at Ground Zero following the 9.11 attacks, and have done some pretty neat things since then, too. Getting cancer isn't one of them.

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    The Big Day, EstimatedNovember 15th, 2012
    Hoorah! I rocked that bitch and got out on the 12th!
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Hi.  My name is Sue.  My first post on “Ground Zero Cancer” pretty much sums up who I am, at this point.  I live in Austin, TX, and am currently trying to become a teacher (but that’s another struggle, and blog).  I served a month for the American Red Cross at Ground Zero, and was diagnosed with Plasma Cell Myeloma two years ago at the age of 36.  I fear this will ultimately be my undoing, and believe that I (and everyone else who worked at GZ and now has some “unexplained” illness) deserve some support in fighting my disease.

EDIT: Earlier this year (2012), I was, in fact, diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (the progression of my earlier solitary tumor). I have since been undergoing treatment, and will be having a stem cell transplant this Fall. I am not currently trying to become anything except healthier and cancer free (or at least in remission). I am now 39 years old.


3 Responses

  1. Agreed, Sue. There are so many first responders who will be fighting these kinds of things for the rest of their lives. It is just not fair they have to do it alone for the most part.

  2. Following you and praying for you. I was diagnosed 3/3/10. Los Angeles, CA

    • Mary Ann,
      Thanks for following, and your prayers. I’ll definitely keep you in mine, as well. We need all the support we can get!

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