Atlanta, GA; firstname.lastname@example.org
1946 / Class of '08 / Type: IgG / Back pain / Chemo, SCT / Remission, relapse / Updated: 4/09
I am originally from Pennsylvania, but moved to Atlanta area when my husband was transferred here with the airlines.
Pain started when I fell into a doorway and caught myself. Then several days later I had severe horrible pain in my back. This was in august of '07. I then went to my doctor and he said I probably just pulled muscles in my back. Pain continued so bad that every time I lay down to sleep, I could not get out of bed without the same severe pain and lots of help.
I went back to my doctor after sleeping in a chair for
over 3 months or more. He proceeded to lay me down for an
exam of my abdomen since I told him I thought I had a cancer
in me. Needless to say when he tried to get me up, the pain
and my screaming were both unbearable!
He still insisted it was muscles in my back or slipped disc
[this was Nov. '07.] Two days later I went to the hospital
emergency room and had an evaluation and x-rays. The doctors
confirmed it may be a slipped disc, and told me to confer
with a bone doctor.
Up till then I had been basically in good health with no major problems, so this was a complete surprise. I have read where MM is rather rare, but I found someone 1 mile from me who is the same age and has it!
I was treated immediately, February '08 thru June 6th '08 with Revlimid, Dex, Velcade, and finally a stem cell transplant in June '08. Have not needed many meds since then, since test show I am in a complete remission! I am having Zometa treatments every month. I take vitamins, potassium, fish oil, flaxseed oil, etc., every day.
It has been over 7 months since my stem cell transplant. I feel like it just about killed me... 3 weeks in the hospital. Never ate much, nothing was going in, but everything kept coming out!
It was very hard the first couple of months after, but has
gotten better every day!
I walk well, can go up and down stairs again. I lived in our
dining room for several months in a hospital bed.
April, 2009: I was informed mid-March that there are again signs of my Myeloma returning. Full remission was short [approx 9 months]. It was nice for a while, since I did not go on any drugs.
Chemo has been started again [Velcade twice a week] back to running to the doctor and hospital again! I had to have a port installed since my veins are bad.
We had been attempting to renovate our dining room and kitchen, but things will be slower now, since I don't feel as well on the chemo.
My church family, husband and my kids and grandkids have been great thru all!
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