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John Gillan

 

Boise, IA; gillbunch@hotmail.com

1960 / Class of '05 / Type: IgA / Bone fractures / SCT, Thal/Pred / Remission / Updated: 1/09

I was born and raised in a suburb of Los Angeles. I moved to the Boise, Idaho area in July, 2006. I am 45 years old. I was diagnosed with MM in June 2005, after I had fallen down a flight of stairs, and broken both of my arms (above the elbows). Both breaks were so bad that I needed a titanium rod in one arm, and they needed to remove most of the bone in the other arm, and it was replaced with a titanium rod, which mimics a bone, and the ball in the shoulder compartment is also titanium. My breaks were caused partly because the Myeloma had eaten away at the bone, that there was hardly anything left.

After my surgery, I went through 6 months of chemo (DVD), which was followed up by a auto stem-cell transplant in February of 2006, at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles. I am currently on a maintenance therapy of Thalidomide (100mg) daily, and Prednisone (50mg) every other day.

When I was diagnosed, my IgA level was at 2800, I am now in full remission with my IgA holding at 320. Like all of you, it is a constant battle, but one that we can and will win.

January, 2009: Nothing new to report.

 

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