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  • Who Is Sue?

    Sue

    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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  • Release from Transplant Clinic

    The Big Day, EstimatedNovember 15th, 2012
    Hoorah! I rocked that bitch and got out on the 12th!
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You Cannot Compare Burdens

Since my diagnosis, in the course of talking to friends and family, I have often heard the phrase, “It’s nothing compared to what you are going through.” My response has always been, “You cannot compare burdens. No matter what the load, the heaviest burden a person has to carry is theirs alone, and the weight of the load of the person next to them is irrelevant.” Continue reading

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New Year’s Blessings

And, Happy “Birthday” to me! Today marks two months since my transplant day. It’s hard to believe it’s been two months since I felt so miserable – it both seems like so much longer ago and also like it was just last week. Continue reading

So Much to Be Grateful For!

Day 8, and I continue to improve. My energy is coming back well, and while I have occasional bouts of nausea and what I like to call “the trots”, they are not too bad or frequent. Continue reading

Fear and Faith…and Rollercoasters

So, I’ve had my first rounds of Dexamethasone (steroid) and Aredia (the doc went with that instead of the Zometa for bone strengthening; it’s essentially the same thing). I have yet to start the white blood cell killing chemo pill. A few side effects, but they have passed and I feel more or less “normal”. We’ll see how that holds up after I’m on the Revlimid. Continue reading